Costa Cruises Coronavirus update
Costa Cruises suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all Italy-visiting voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 9 through October 1, 2020. Operations were planned to resume on August 21 (ship Pacifica), with 5x ships only. In early-December was canceled the remaining 2020 program. Fleetwide passenger shipping is currently planned to resume in early-June 2021.
Next are listed Costa Cruises' first scheduled departure dates by ship/destination in 2021 - Smeralda (May 1/Mediterranean), Luminosa (May 16/Mediterranean-Trieste), Deliziosa (June 26/Mediterranean-Venice-Bari), Pacifica (Sept 20/Mediterranean-Cagliari Sardinia), Favolosa (Oct 1/Mediterranean-Savona), Magica (Oct 15/Mediterranean-Savona), Diadema (Sept 22/Mediterranean-Savona), Fascinosa (Sept 23/Mediterranean-Savona), Fortuna (Oct 9/Mediterranean-Savona), Firenze (July 4/Inaugural Cruise/Mediterranean), Venezia (July 3/Asia-Tianjin China), Serena (July 30/Asia-Japan), Mediterranea (Nov 13/Asia-Singapore), Toscana (Dec 26/Inaugural Cruise/South Amrica-Santos Brazil). Costa's Baltic 2021 program (ships Diadema, Fascinosa, Favolosa, Fortuna) was canceled.
With rebooking, all affected bookings received full refunds (100%) in FCC (future cruise credit), including on prepurchased through Costa Cruises packages and services.
On August 13, Costa announced that its cruise operations start in September 2020 with two ships - Costa Deliziosa (Sept 6, from Trieste) and Costa Diadema (Sept 21, from Genoa). These voyages were for Italian citizens-only and 7-day roundtrips visiting only ports in Italy - Deliziosa (to Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano and Sicily - Siracusa and Catania) and Diadema (to Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples, Cagliari Sardinia, Palermo Sicily, La Spezia). A 3rd liner (Costa Smeralda, departure October 10) was added with 7-day roundtrips from Savona to Genoa, La Spezia, Cagliari Sardinia, Naples, Messina Sicily and Civitavecchia-Rome.
In early-September was cancelled Costa's South America 2020-2021 (November-April) deployment (Fascinosa, Luminosa, Pacifica). Costa's South America 2021-2022 program (December-April) is based on two ships/homeports - Costa Favolosa (out of Santos) and Costa Pacifica (from Rio de Janeiro). In late-October 2020 was cancelled Favolosa's Caribbean 2020-2021 program based on homeporting in Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe).
Costa Cruises fleet
Review of Costa Cruises
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Costa Cruises partially suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all Italy-visiting voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 9 through October 1, 2020. Operations were planned to resume on August 21 (ship Pacifica), with 5x ships only. In early-December was canceled the remaining 2020 program. Fleetwide passenger shipping is currently planned to resume in early-June 2021.
Next are listed Costa's first scheduled departure dates by ship/destination in 2021 - Smeralda (May 1/Mediterranean), Luminosa (May 16/Mediterranean-Trieste), Deliziosa (June 26/Mediterranean-Venice-Bari), Pacifica (Sept 20/Mediterranean-Cagliari Sardinia), Favolosa (Oct 1/Mediterranean-Savona), Magica (Oct 15/Mediterranean-Savona), Diadema (Sept 22/Mediterranean-Savona), Fascinosa (Sept 23/Mediterranean-Savona), Fortuna (Oct 9/Mediterranean-Savona), Firenze (July 4/Inaugural Cruise/Mediterranean), Venezia (July 3/Asia-Tianjin China), Serena (July 30/Asia-Japan), Mediterranea (Nov 13/Asia-Singapore), Toscana (Dec 26/Inaugural Cruise/South Amrica-Santos Brazil). Costa's Baltic 2021 program (ships Diadema, Fascinosa, Favolosa, Fortuna) was canceled.
With rebooking, all affected bookings received full refunds (100%) in FCC (future cruise credit), including on prepurchased through Costa Cruises packages and services.
On August 13, Costa announced that its passenger shipping operations start in September 2020 with two ships - Costa Deliziosa (Sept 6, from Trieste) and Costa Diadema (Sept 21, from Genoa). These voyages were for Italian citizens-only and 7-day roundtrips visiting only ports in Italy - Deliziosa (to Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano and Sicily - Siracusa and Catania) and Diadema (to Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples, Cagliari Sardinia, Palermo Sicily, La Spezia). A 3rd liner (Costa Smeralda, departure October 10) was added with 7-day roundtrips from Savona to Genoa, La Spezia, Cagliari Sardinia, Naples, Messina Sicily and Civitavecchia-Rome.
- In early-September was canceled Costa's South America 2020-2021 (November-April) deployment (Fascinosa, Luminosa, Pacifica). Costa's South America 2021-2022 program (December-April) is based on two ships/homeports - Costa Favolosa (out of Santos) and Costa Pacifica (from Rio de Janeiro). In late-October 2020 was canceled Favolosa's Caribbean 2020-2021 program based on homeporting in Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe).
- In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (shipowner) sold Costa Victoria to San Giorgio del Porto (shipyard in Genoa Italy). The new shipowner soon sold the vessel for scrapping (in Piombino Italy).
Costa Cruises (Costa Crociere SpA, website) is a British-American-owned Italian company based in Genoa Italy. Costa is one of the main operating companies in Carnival Group (Carnival Corporation subsidiary) and a member of the exclusive WLCLA (World's Leading Cruise Lines Alliance). WLCLA also includes Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, Seabourn, Princess, Windstar.
The brands Costa and CCL-Carnival are currently ranked the cheapest cruise lines in the world. Costa is also ranked "best" for roundtrip Mediterranean itineraries and among the best cruise brands for families, ruling over Europe with its "Italian Style Cruising". Costa's USA headquarters are in Hollywood Florida. The company's current President is Mario Zanetti, the CCO (Chief Commercial Officer) is Roberto Alberti. Costa Group's and Carnival Asia's CEO is Michael Thamm.
The following table shows statistical data about Costa's market share (as fleet and passenger capacity / ship-berth numbers) in comparison to other major cruise companies.
|Parent Company||Subsidiaries||Fleets (vessels per brand)||Passenger Capacity (berths per brand)|
|Carnival Corp||Holland America||15||25900|
|Carnival Corp||P&O UK||8||18600|
|Carnival Corp||P&O Australia||5||8200|
|Carnival Corp||TOTAL||103 ships||233,200 berths|
|RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)||RCI (Royal Caribbean International)||26||84,700|
|RCCL||TOTAL||64 ships||141400 berths|
|NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd)||NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines)||16||46600|
|NCLH||TOTAL||26 ships||54400 berths|
|(other large brands)|
3- Star Cruises (GHK)
4- Dream Cruises (GHK)
6- Viking Ocean
Costa is well-known for its energetic mix of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, festive onboard atmosphere, dynamic entertainment, travel comfort, popular itineraries, convenient departure ports. Costa ships operate budget-priced cruises and their clientele is predominantly European (mostly younger couples and singles) while many Americans and Canadians enjoy Costa's Caribbean cruises.
In late-September 2017, Costa announced its partnership with Juventus (football club). The deal allows Costa to offer exclusively a Juventus onboard experience on all Costa Asia ships. This includes Juventus football content available 24/7 on all cabin TVs, talks and presentations (club history and memorabilia) at the ship's Juventus Museum and purchasing branded souvenirs at the themed "Juventus Shop". All Costa Asia ' ships also feature a Juventus-branded mini club and character meetings by the Juve's official Jay Mascot (zebra). Onboard sports activities include a Juventus football training program (for all kids ages 5 to 14) modelled after the club's Juventus Academy (soccer school). The program is managed by Juve-trained coaches. The ever first "Juventus Museum" at sea was opened on Costa Serena on January 31, 2018.
In late-November 2019, Costa announced its partnership with FlixBus - 2011-founded German travel brand (owned by FlixMobility GmbH), with sister-brands FlixTrain and FlixCar. The Munich-based FlixBus specializes in intercity premium bus services in Europe and the USA. The Costa-FlixBus deal allows now Costa customers to pre-book (add upon cruise booking) FlixBus return transfers from any of the European port cities that FlixBus serves. Currently, FlixBus has Europe's largest intercity bus network with 400,000+ daily connections to 1000+ destinations in 30 countries.
In July 2015, Carnival Corporation signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft for the construction of all 4 new class vessels. Contracts were finalized in April 2016. Of these 4 new cruise ships, 2 liners are for Costa and the other 2 for AIDA Cruises (Carnival's German brand).
The new Costa ships were scheduled for delivery in 2019 (Costa Smeralda, December) and 2021 (Costa Toscana). Costa ships were built in Turku Finland, AIDA ships - in Papenburg Germany. Each vessel has a gross tonnage of 183,000 GT tons, over 2,600 cabins, double-occupancy passenger capacity 6,600 and crew capacity around 700. Ship's design features more efficient use of both indoor and open-deck spaces, with several multi-functional areas.
These new (Excellence/Helios-Class) ships are industry's first fully LNG-powered vessels, generating 100% of their onboard and propulsion power from LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) - both in ports and at sea. With the new liners, Costa Group had a fleet of 7 ships on order (total capacity 41,000 berths) to total COsta fleet capacity 110,000 berths.
The 4-vessel contract was part of a previously announced larger shipbuilding order with Fincantieri (Italy) and Meyer Werft for all 9 new vessels with scheduled deliveries between 2019 and 2022. Managed by Costa Group, the combined Costa-AIDA fleet became Europe's largest. In 2014, one out of every two cruise ship tourists in Europe sailed on either AIDA or Costa ship. In 2015, Costa Group had 20 offices in 14 countries, around 27,000 shipboard employees and total passenger capacity of over 68,000 berths (across the combined fleet). Costa Group also is the leader of China's rapidly growing cruise market in Asia.
In January 2016, Carnival Corporation signed a MoA (memo of agreement) with Fincantieri to build 4 new vessels. Contracts were finalized in April 2016. Of these, 2 vessels were for Costa Asia (Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze, both homeported in China), 1 for Princess (Enchanted Princess) and 1 for P&O Australia (2022). With this shipbuilding order, Carnival Corporation had a total of 17 new ships scheduled for deliveries between 2016-2020. The four vessels will be built at Fincantieri's shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, with scheduled deliveries in 2019-2020.
Three of the vessels are designed with GT tonnage 133,500 tons, LOA length 323 m (1060 ft) and capacity 4000 passengers plus 1450 crew (2 are for Costa Asia, 1 for P&O AU). One larger unit (GT 143,700 tons, capacity 3560 passengers) is for Princess (Enchanted Princess). Both Costa ships are exclusively for the booming Chinese market. Each vessel is powered by two MAN diesel engines (model 14V48 / 60CR) plus three MAN diesel engines (medium-speed, model 8L48 / 60CR), providing total power output 62,400 kW. The engines are Tier-II compliant.
Costa cruise ship experience
- Dining: authentic Italian cuisine, prepared by European chefs, midnight buffets, gala dinners, healthy menu option. Spa suites, permanent room service.
- Costa ships specials: the 2-level Samsara Spa (6,000 sq.m., with many exotic treatments), a 3-level Theater, a 4D Cinema (hybrid), up to 4 onboard pools (2 with retractable roofs), a Grand Prix simulator, an 18-hole golf simulator. Every ship has a small chapel, suitable for intimate weddings.
- Traditional on-board celebration parties: "Benvenuto A Bordo", "Buon Viaggio" and "Notte Tropical". Costa's festive theme nights: the tarantella dancing and pizza dough tossing during the Festa Italiana, playing games of boccie, ice carving, "Roman Bacchanal Parade" and "Roman Toga Party".
- "Costa Kids' Club" - supervised interactive programs, ages 3 to 17. PlayStation World center onboard for video game tournaments.
- Entertainment: European-style casino, bingo, Internet cafe, musical revues, live performances by comedians, acrobats, and mime artists; classical concerts in lounges. Italian language and cooking classes on board. "Via Condotti" boutiques with premier Italian goods.
- For cruises starting April 2018, the cruise line restructured its fares into 4 categories, ranging from a Basic, no-frills version, to Deluxe level which includes just about everything. Costa announced its new pricing plan in North America after rolling it out in core European markets. The plan does not apply to a number of Asia-based vessels or world cruises. Unlike airlines, Costa is not charging for amenities that used to be free, with just one exception: The cheapest level doesn't include the ability to choose a cabin.
- Basic level, which is the least expensive option, includes dining in venues that have always been included in the price of the voyage, onboard entertainment, and use of pools and fitness areas. Guests who choose the Basic option don't get to choose cabin assignment. Total Comfort Classic includes all basics plus a cabin choice and unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. A step up from it is Total Comfort Premium, offering a choice of cabins in a prime location, ability to select 1st or 2nd dinner seating, as well as unlimited drinks anytime. Deluxe is the top option, including a suite, unlimited drinks, spa access, invitations to special events, free minibar, in-suite daily fruit, and other amenities.
Costa has the youngest cruise fleet in Europe and operates mainly Italy-flagged ships. Costa cruise ships are of 7 different classes (low to high): Axel Johnson, Classica, Sky, Spirit, Fortuna, Concordia and Vista.
Costa ships belong to Europe's youngest fleet of passenger liners. Costa is also the leader among the best Mediterranean "most fun" ship cruise lines. The Costa liners are among Europe's best family cruise ships (along with those of MSC) and are specifically designed to provide best family-fun "Italian-Style Cruising" experiences by cheap deals, traditional cuisine and some of the best onboard amenities and activities on big and middle size passenger ships.
- operator (Costa Cruises Group)
- shipowner (Carnival Corp)
- hallmark ("Cruising Italian Style")
- registry/flag-state (Italy)
- builders - Fincantieri (Italy) and Meyer Turku (Finland)
Costa ship classes
- Excellence/Helios-Class: SMERALDA, TOSCANA
- Vista Class: VENEZIA, FIRENZE
- Hybrid Spirit-Vista Class: LUMINOSA, DELIZIOSA
- Concordia Class (Modified): FAVOLOSA, FASCINOSA
- Concordia Class: Costa CONCORDIA (sank in 2012), SERENA, PACIFICA
- Fortuna Class: FORTUNA, MAGICA
- Spirit Class: ATLANTICA, MEDITERRANEA
- Sky Class: VICTORIA
- Classica Class: CLASSICA, ROMANTICA
- Axel Johnson Class: MARINA, ALLEGRA
Costa Cruises private island Sir Bani Yas
In June 2016, MSC Cruises announced it had created an exclusive "beach oasis" for vacationers on Abu Dhabi and Dubai cruises from 2016-2017 winter. The 1.5-mile stretch of land on the natural Sir Bani Yas Island, off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi, features shaded cabanas, hundreds of palm trees and over 2,000 sunbeds across 387,500 sq.feet of beaches.
Starting from December 2016, MSC Fantasia added the destination available exclusively to MSC passengers when the cruise ship calls at the island, to Emirates itineraries. The development is on a smaller isle connected to the main island by wooden boardwalk. Other facilities include food, refreshments, MSC Aurea Spa area with a menu of massages, sports facilities (beach volleyball, tennis), family and kids-dedicated area with parents' pergola, Bedouin tent offering arts and crafts created by local communities, lounge space with live music and a bar. The MSC Cruises company has been working closely with ecologists and Abu Dhabi Port Authorities for more than 2 years to develop the project and support the ongoing preservation work.
The isle is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the region due to decades of conservation work and ecological investment to maintain its biodiversity. The Arabian Wildlife Park on the Sir Bani Yas main island is home to over 13,000 endangered and indigenous animals, as well as millions of plants and trees. The first sailing of the winter season departs on December 3, 2016, and calls at the island on December 5. Prices started at US$719 per person for a 7-night itinerary.
In July 2016, Costa Cruises announced thar Sir Bani Yas Island will be added as a 1-day stopover (port of call) on UAE Cruises (season 2016-2017) on Costa neoRiviera ship (now AIDAmira). Costa passengers had access to a private (Costa exclusive) beach with VIP areas with cabanas. Shore excursion options included jeep safaris (in the wildlife park), sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling.
Costa cruise ship robots
An innovative AIDA and Costa Cruises program implemented the latest cyborg technology fleetwide. Humanoid robots (named Peper) greet and guide passengers upon embarkation. They also assist them throughout the cruise by providing information and tips on shipboard dining, entertainment, pre-scheduled events, shore excursions, and tours.
Peper robots are able to communicate in 3 different languages (English, German, Italian), to move fluidly and even to interpret human emotions by analyzing voice tones and face expressions.
The new technology was first tested on AIDAstella where Pepper learned to engage with passengers and crew. The first set of robots were introduced on Costa Diadema and AIDAprima in April 2016. By the end of summer 2016, Pepper robots were added on all AIDA and Costa ships.
(new) Shipboard-made mozzarella
Since 2017, Costa ships offer onboard-made, certified (top-quality) mozzarella produced from buffalo milk. The new product is branded "Latteria del Curatino" and created via a partnership with two Campania-based dairy companies - "Comat" (dairy equipment manufacturer) and "Podere dei Leoni" (creamery, leading Italian producer of certified buffalo mozzarella).
With this new food product, Costa became world's first cruise company serving its passengers a fresh-made mozzarella. The new service was introduced first on Costa Diadema. The shipboard-made mozzarella is produced by a Comat-manufactured steam machine (powered by electricity) that uses the curd of cow and buffalo milk sourced from Salerno's Piana del Sele area. The stretched curd is then rolled into a ball to form a mozzarella or hand-shaped and molded by the cheesemaker to become buffalo mozzarella cheese.
Costa ships' fresh-made mozzarella, as well as other onboard-made traditional Italian cheese specialties, can be ordered from the special "Goccialatte" menu available in the Costa Cruises' signature pizzerias "Pummid'oro". The menu has a mozzarella roll (with salad, vegetables and smoked salmon), tomato and buffalo mozzarella (made in 3 different ways), tuna (with Doganella oil, red onions and burrata), beef carpaccio (with a chicory salad and smoked scamorza), warm focaccia, mortadella and stracciatella cheese (served with pickled vegetables), Neapolitan peasant bread, porcini mushrooms, fior di latte (onboard-made cheese) and guanciale (cured pork meat).
The fresh-made Fior di latte cheese and buffalo mozzarella are also used in some Pummidoro pizzas, prepared with sourdough and select ingredients. By the end of 2017, these unique cheeses were also included in the menus served in other onboard restaurants.
Costa's 4GOODFOOD program
In February 2018, the company announced its 4GOODFOOD program for decreasing by 50% food waste fleetwide by the year 2020. As of 2018, on Costa ships are served annually around 54 million meals.
Following the company's review of the shipboard food service and food processing, it decided to remodel both with a new sustainability approach, engaging all passengers and crew in responsible consumption. It was estimated that this program engages nearly 2 million passengers per year, plus around 19,000 crew.
For the project, Costa established partnerships with Banco Alimentare, Cittadinanzattiva Onlus, UNISG (University of Gastronomic Sciences), Slow Food Foundation and Winnow Solutions. The company Winnow Solutions specializes in food processing optimization in professional kitchens, As part of the program, Winnow trained around 2400 galley crew/kitchen workers fleetwide.
The project was first tested in 2016 on Costa Diadema. The results were around 50% reduction in food waste. The onboard self-service buffet restaurants reported lowered food consumption by 20%. In 2017, Costa Cruises started to donate all the surplus food in Port Civitavecchia (Rome) - over 32,000 meals per year. The same policy was implemented since 2018 in the Mediterranean ports Palermo, Bari, Venice, Cagliari (Sardinia Island), Marseille, Barcelona, Piraeus (Athens), Valletta (Malta).
(new) Costa cruise booking system
Starting April 2018, Costa Cruises has a new, restructured cruise booking system with fares based on 4 main categories. They range from Basic to Deluxe (all-inclusive). The new pricing plan doesn't apply to the Asia-based ships and also on world cruises. All previously free of charge (complimentary) amenities remain, with the exception that the cheapest (Basic) level don't include the option to choose a cabin.
- "Basic" level is the cheapest booking deal and includes dining in all complimentary venues, onboard entertainment, use of swimming pools and fitness facilities. However, cabin assignment is not available.
- "Total Comfort Classic" level includes all Basic level perks plus cabin choice and unlimited drinks (beer, wine, soft beverages / with lunches and dinners).
- "Total Comfort Premium" level includes premium cabin locations, option to select 1st or 2nd dinner seating, unlimited drinks anytime.
- "Deluxe" level is the all-inclusive option that includes Suite stateroom, unlimited drinks, unlimited spa access, invitations to onboard special events, free mini-bar, in-suite daily fruits.
New Costa cruise ship livery (2019)
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, in 2018 Costa Cruises changed company's cruise ship livery (hull logo) fleetwide. The first liner with the new logo was Costa Mediterranea.
The new livery is a stylized Italian flag (under the vessel's name / new font, larger lettering) painted on the bow. The project (scheduled completion by 2018's end) covered all active ships in the fleet plus the new vessels under construction - Smeralda and Venezia.
For its 70th Anniversary, Costa organized a special voyage exclusively for CostaClub (loyalty program) members. The 12-day Mediterranean itinerary was on Costa Pacifica and visited 18 different countries. The special cruise was booked by nearly 3000 people. It featured a live concert by Gloria Gaynor (US singer) and a 3-meter high pyramid of gourmet eclair cakes (created by Chef Christophe Adam). The "birthday cruise" was attended by the company's President Neil Palomba. Michelin Chef Bruno Barbieri directed a cooking show and presented his new (Costa fleet exclusive) menu.
On July 7, 2018, during company's 70th-anniversary celebrations in Genoa (Costa Zena Festival) was constructed a waterslide with length 340 m (1115 ft) designed to break Guinness World Record for "longest slid in 1 hour". The slide was installed on Via XX Settembre street and helped to establish the world's new record of 775 km (481,6 ml) sliding in 1 hour. Another world record broken was for longest bunting string - 2070 maritime signal flags were connected into 2 km long line along the festival's areas. At Old Port and Piazza Caricamento were performed live 60 performers (street musicians, dancers, artists, acrobats), 29 singers, DJs, comedians. Piazza de Ferrari had for kids games, workshops and parties with mascots. The evening concert (at 8.30 pm) was on Radio 105 stage (opposite Piazza delle Feste) and included performances by popular Italian singers and bands.
Costa Asia is Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company that manages all the corporation's Asian cruise shipping operations. The Costa Asia company has offices in China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and India. Costa Asia is also the operator of all Asia-based Costa cruise ships.
Since May 2017, Costa Asia-managed cruise vessels (of all Carnival Corporation brands) allow using Alipay payment services onboard. The partnership between Carnival Corporation and Ant Financial Services Group (a subsidiary of Alibaba, China's biggest online trading company) enables Chinese cruise passengers on all Carnival Corp ships in Asia to pay for onboard services and products using their Alipay (mobile payment platform) accounts. Among these onboard services and products are shopping, tours/excursions, food, and drinks. These expenditures are added to the passenger's cabin folio, then cleared via his/her Alipay account on a nightly basis.
Itinerary of Costa Cruises
Costa cruise itinerary changes 2021-2022-2023
Following the announcement of its winter 2020-2021 season, In September 2020 Costa rescheduled its cruise itineraries for the rest of 2021. April through November 2021, Costa extended its Mediterranean program with multiple homeports and summer 2021 voyages in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea).
March through Fall 2021, 3x Costa ships are deployed in the Western Mediterranean (Costa Smeralda, Costa Firenze /newbuild 2020, and Costa Pacifica) with 7-day roundtrips from Italy, France, and Spain. Another 3x ships are deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean for 7-day itineraries - Costa Deliziosa (Greek Islands), Costa Luminosa (Greece and Croatia), and Costa Magica (Greece and Malta).
During summer 2021, Costa had 4x ships scheduled to sail in Northern Europe. Costa Fortuna and Costa Diadema were scheduled for 7-day voyages (Baltic Capitals and Norwegian Fjords, respectively). Costa Favolosa had to offer 14-day voyages (to Iceland) and 9-day (Norwegian Fjords plus England, Ireland, Scotland). Costa Fascinosa had a 12-day itinerary to North Cape Norway and a 9-day Baltic roundtrip.
However, on April 22, 2021, Costa Cruises launched its summer 2021 Mediterranean sailings and cancelled Northern European voyages. The summer cruise season in Northern Europe and all other voyages scheduled until mid-September not included in the updated itineraries were cancelled due to the level of uncertainty on the reopening of a number of destinations which does not guarantee the feasibility of the itineraries.
Featuring extended port stays and organized shore excursions exclusive to Costa passengers, the Italian company’s Mediterranean voyages includeя 2 liners in the west and 2 in the east with sailings to Greece, Italy, France, and Spain, and itineraries accessible from a total of 13 different ports of embarkation.
Costa Cruises' 2 newest and most innovative vessels are due to operate in the Western Mediterranean: the LNG-powered flagship Costa Smeralda and the new ship inspired by the Florentine Renaissance Costa Firenze which will experience her debut.
As already announced, the first cruise ship to depart is Smeralda, on May 1, which is due to take passengers to Italian locations on 3- and 4-day mini-cruises or, alternatively, a week-long voyage, calling at Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Messina, Cagliari. The Italian itinerary is to be extended through July 3, when the liner returns to offer 7-day sailings visiting Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma, Palermo, and Rome.
Voyages in Italy continue to be offered aboard Costa Firenze, which is due to set sail on her first journey on July 4, with an all-Italian itinerary including Savona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Naples, Messina, Cagliari. From September 12 through mid-October, Firenze is also offering 7-day international sailings featuring Savona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona, Marseilles.
On the eastern side of the Mediterranean, a pair of other ships sail, the sisterships Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa. Costa Luminosa is scheduled to depart on May 16 out of Trieste, as well as the following day from Bari, focusing on the destinations in Greece: Corfu, Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos, Katakolon. Costa Deliziosa is scheduled to resume sailings from June 26, offering a 7-day itinerary with Venice, an extended 1-day and 1-night stop in Mykonos, followed by Katakolon, Corfu, Bari.
During spring and fall 2021, the liners Diadema, Favolosa, Fascinosa, and Fortuna are scheduled to operate in the Mediterranean. Diadema visits Israel and Turkey on two separate (alternating) 2-week voyages. Fortuna operates Western Mediterranean mini-cruises. Favolosa operates mini-cruises (spring) and 10-day sailings to Morocco (fall). Fascinosa cruises on 10-day roundtrips with Lisbon.
All other previously scheduled voyages (March-November 2021) not included in Costa's new program were cancelled.
For its South American restart in 2021-2022, the Italian cruise company introduced a couple of developments: its new flagship Costa Toscana is scheduled to make her debut in Brazil, while Costa Favolosa is extending her season to almost 5 months. The inaugural voyage of Toscana (New Year’s Eve-themd) is scheduled to depart from Santos Brazil on December 26, 2021. The 7-night roundtrip visits Salvador and Ilheus, and returns back to Santos on January 2, 2022. Between January 2 and April 10, 2022, Toscana offers another 15 voyages with the same itinerary, with embarkation in Salvador and Santos. The 15 cruises include Carnival- and Easter-themed voyages before the Transatlantic crossing (Brazil-Italy) departing from Santos on April 17, 2022.
Starting November 20, 2021, Costa Favolosa is sailing in South America for a total of 144 days, almost 5 months, the longest season in Costa Cruises' history in the region. The liner offers 5 journeys, from 3 to 6 nights, visiting Buzios, Salvador, Ilhabela, Balneario Camboriu, with embarkation out of Santos.
From December 13, 2021, to April 2022, Costa Favolosa is scheduled to depart from Rio de Janeiro for her “Prata” itinerary. Fifteen 8-night cruises are offered, with embarkation – for the first time – in Itajai, in addition to Montevideo Uruguay and Buenos Aires Argentina. Costa holidays in the Prata region include Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Carnival. The itinerary allows guests to visit popular destinations like the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Ilhabela, Itajai, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires.
Favolosa’s New Year’s itinerary maintains her traditional New Year’s Eve call at Copacabana beach and a fireworks display. The 2021-2022 cruise season is marked by the Italy-Brazil and Brazil-Italy crossings onboard Costa Favolosa. Departing from Savona on November 2, 2021, for an 18-night trip, the liner visits Marseille, Barcelona, Malaga, Casablanca, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in addition to Brazilia's Recife, Salvador, Ilheus, Rio de Janeiro. Her return voyage to Europe commences on April 16, 2022, from Rio for a 15-night sailing visiting Salvador, Maceio, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Malaga, Barcelona before reaching Savona on May 1, 2022.
In April 2021, Costa Cruises announced new Mediterranean itineraries from April 2022 through April 2023. In all Mediterranean ports, the “longest ever” shore excursion are offered, visiting sites hard to reach on your own. Costa's onboard experience is also enriched by a renewed food experience, with dishes linked to the destinations visited and signed by a Michelin starred chef.
The line's 2022 summer season is focused on the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
May 2022 is to see the debut of the new flagship Costa Toscana, offering week-long sailings to discover France, Italy, and Spain, with a long port call in Ibiza. The sistership Costa Smeralda is also sailing on one-week voyages in the western Mediterranean. Costa Pacifica is the other Costa ship to sail in the western Mediterranean with a range of itineraries dedicated to locations in France, Italy, and Spain.
In the eastern Mediterranean, 3 other ships operate with week-long itineraries. Costa Deliziosa offers Greek islands sailings, with a whole day & night call in Mykonos, while Costa Luminosa is scheduled to visit Greek islands and Croatia, Costa Magica - Greece and Malta.
4 Costa ships are sailing in Northern Europe. Costa Fortuna offers 2-week cruises to Iceland, or alternatively to England, Ireland, and Scotland. Costa Diadema and Costa Favolosa leave for week-long cruises, respectively in the Norwegian fjords, and in the Baltic capitals, calling 3 days at Stockholm, Sweden and 2 in Saint Petersburg. Costa Fascinosa sails on 12-day itineraries up to the North Cape and in the Baltic Sea.
The 2022-2023 winter season includes the return of the Grand Cruises aboard Costa Luminosa: a pair of 50-day vacations, from Genoa to Buenos Aires and the reverse, going up the Amazon River. Costa Deliziosa World Tour is departing on January 11, 2023, from Savona, and visits Europe, Asia, Africa, America.
Also part of the programme are exotic destinations with a week-long itinerary in the UAE, Oman and Qatar, and 3 different week-long itineraries in the Caribbean islands. Costa Magica offers 2-week cruises to the Canaries and the Azores, while Costa Diadema visits Greece & Turkey, or Israel & Egypt.
Costa Smeralda continues to sail in the western Mediterranean, joined in autumn by Costa Fortuna and Costa Luminosa, offering mini-cruises for a break of a few days. Costa Fascinosa visits Spain and Portugal, while Costa Favolosa visits Morocco.
NOTE: Following the restart of its liners in the Mediterranean, Costa Cruises is continuing with its programme to restart operations, announcing major updates for the 2022 season, which also involves the final part of the current cruise season. The changes concern the company’s 3 most innovative ships: Costa Smeralda, Costa Toscana, and Costa Firenze.
- In winter 2021-2022, the current flagship of the line, Costa Smeralda is due to replace her sistership Costa Toscana in South America, prior to returning to the Mediterranean for voyages in Italy, Spain, and France.
- Costa Cruises' presence in the Mediterranean is further strengthened by the new “green” ship currently under construction, Costa Toscana, that is to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) and is scheduled to debut in December 2021. Throughout next year, Toscana is dedicated to 7-day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, visiting destinations in Spain — Barcelona and Valencia in spring, or Valencia and Ibiza in summer.
- The latest ship to join the Costa Cruises' fleet, Costa Firenze, which is dedicated to the Florentine Renaissance, is scheduled to enter service on July 4 from Savona. Firenze operates in the Mediterranean through the end of November. In winter 2021-2022 she is due to sail from Dubai for voyages in the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, including visits to “Expo 2020 Dubai”. Costa Firenze is expected to return to offer week-long voyages in Italy, Spain, and France from April 2022.
Costa Cruises' programmes for winter 2021-2022 are complemented by 4 additional ships.
- Costa Diadema is scheduled to depart on September 26 from Savona, sailing long cruises in Greece and Turkey or Portugal and Spain. From December the ship is to be deployed in the Caribbean, with 3 itineraries to discover Caribbean islands.
- Costa Fascinosa is expected to be back in service on September 23, from Savona, for 10-day voyages to Lisbon, while during the winter months she is to offer sailings in South America.
- Costa Deliziosa is scheduled to continue with her programme of Eastern Mediterranean cruises until January 8, 2022, when she is expected to depart for the Around the World voyage.
- Costa Luminosa, which is sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean, offers 2-week cruises to Israel or the Canary Islands.
During the 2022 summer cruise season, in addition to Costa Firenze, Smeralda, and Toscana sailing in the Western Mediterranean, 3 liners – Costa Deliziosa, Luminosa, and Pacifica – are cruising in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. 4 additional cruise ships – Costa Diadema, Fascinosa, Favolosa, and Fortuna – sail in Northern Europe, offering Baltic and Norwegian fjords voyages.
The next table shows all Costa ships with their homeports (departure ports) and itinerary program reviews.
|Ship Names||Homeports||Itineraries Changes|
|Costa Atlantica||The ship operates on cruises from Dubai (8-day roundtrips), Shanghai, and Singapore.|
The ship operates World Cruise from Europe, spring Eastern / Western Mediterranean and Black Sea itineraries, summer Holy Land and North Africa voyages.
winter 2020-2021: Costa Deliziosa continues with her week-long itinerary in Italy and Greece until January 3, 2021, visiting Trieste, Katakolon (Olympia), Athens (Piraeus), Heraklion (Crete), and Bari, instead of visiting Croatia and Montenegro as originally planned.
spring-fall 2021: Eastern Mediterranean on Greek islands cruises
2022-2023: Greek islands sailings with a whole day & night call in Mykonos
Costa Deliziosa World Tour is departing on January 11, 2023, from Savona, and visits Europe, Asia, Africa, America
The ship operates on 7-day Western Mediterranean cruises to France, Spain, Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca) and Sicily (Palermo)
winter 2020-2021: Costa Diadema is due to postpone the start of her long Mediterranean cruises to April 6, 2021, offering 14-day voyages to Turkey and 14-day sailings to Egypt and Greece, as originally scheduled.
summer 2021: Northern Europe - Norwegian fjords
spring and fall 2021: Israel and Turkey on a couple of separate alternating 2-week voyages
2022-2023: week-long cruises in the Norwegian fjords; Greece & Turkey, Israel & Egypt
The ship operates on 7-day Mediterranean roundtrips from Barcelona, Rome, and Savona.
winter 2020-2021: South America cruises to discover Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Costa Fascinosa, which is due to leave for South America out of Savona in the middle of November 2020, has her principal homeport at Santos. The voyages sail to the North of Brazil, visiting destinations like Buzios, Ilheus, Ilha Grande, and Salvador.
summer 2021: Northern Europe - 12-day voyage to the North Cape, and a 9-day trip in the Baltic
spring and fall 2021: Mediterranean - 10-day trips bound for Lisbon
2022-2023: 12-day itineraries up to the North Cape and in the Baltic Sea
The ship operates on Central and Western Mediterranean cruises. In late fall, Favolosa offers Transatlantic repositioning crossings and cruises in South America during winter.
spring 2021: mini-cruises in the Mediterranean
summer 2021: Norther Europe - 2-week journeys in Iceland, 9-day in the Norwegian fjords, and a fortnight in England, Ireland, and Scotland
fall 2021: 10-day sailings to Morocco
2021-2022 - Favolosa is deployed in South America (leaving roundtrip from homeport Santos Brazil) starting on November 20, 2021. The itineraries from Santos visit Rio de Janeiro, Itajai, Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay). Season 2021-2021 Favolosa shares with Costa Toscana (newbuild 2021).
2022-2023: week-long cruises in the Baltic capitals, calling 3 days at Stockholm, Sweden and 2 in Saint Petersburg
Currently, Costa Fortuna is homeported in Shanghai China, serving the booming Asian tourism market. In 2019, the ship was deployed back in Europe (Mediterranean). In Asia, Fortuna was replaced by the new ship (specifically built for China) Costa Smeralda. Fortuna was deployed in Asia between April 2016 - March 2019.
In the Mediterranean, Fortuna was homeported in Genoa Italy (March through November 2019). The Spring-Fall itinerary from Genoa visits the ports Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Civitavecchia-Rome, and La Spezia. The Summer itinerary from Genoa visits the ports of Marseille, Tarragona (Costa Daurada), Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, and Olbia.
In winter 2020-2021, Costa Fortuna offers a couple of new 14-day itineraries, that mark Costa’s return to Israel and Turkey.
summer 2021: Northern Europe (Baltic Capitals)
spring and fall 2021: Western Mediterranean (mini-cruises)
2022-2023: 2-week cruises to Iceland, or alternatively to England, Ireland, and Scotland
(new ship 2021)
In late-October 2020, Costa made several major itinerary changes for the ships Deliziosa, Diadema and Favolosa. Due to delayed delivery, Costa Firenze's inaugural cruise was also rescheduled - for February 28, 2021.
The liner's 7-day Western Mediterranean program is based on homeporting in Genoa for roundtrips visiting La Spezia, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona, and Marseille. Roundtrips are also offered from Marseilles and Barcelona. A new 7-day itinerary (roundtrip from Civitavecchia) visits Naples, Ibiza (Balearic Spain), Barcelona, Marseilles, Genoa, with alternative homeporting in Marseilles (roundtrips).
In the summer, Luminosa cruises in Europe on Eastern Mediterranean itineraries to (the Adriatic Sea and Greek Islands).
for winter 2020-2021 was planned a South America program to ports in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay (7-night voyages from Santos to Buenos Aires, Itajai, Montevideo). The program was cancelled and the boat restarted operations in the Eastern Mediterranean (Adriatic) leaving from Italy to ports in Greece and Croatia.
2022-2023: Greek islands and Croatia; a pair of 50-day vacations, from Genoa to Buenos Aires and the reverse, going up the Amazon River
spring-fall 2021, 2022-2023: Eastern Mediterranean, to Greece and Malta
2022-2023: 2-week cruises to the Canaries and the Azores
for winter 2020-2021 was planned a South America program to ports in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay (Buenos Aires, Ilhabela, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Montevideo). However, the liner restarted operations in the Western Mediterranean with 7-day cruises visiting Italy, France, Spain.
2022-2023: the western Mediterranean with a range of itineraries dedicated to locations in France, Italy, and Spain
Smeralda starts 7-day voyages from Italy visiting La Spezia, Savona, Cagliari, Messina Sicily, Naples, Civitavecchia-Rome. The one-week itinerary replaced the one in France, Italy, and Spain that the liner would have offered starting from November 14, 2020.
spring-fall 2021: Western Mediterranean
2022-2023: one-week voyages in the western Mediterranean
(new ship 2021) spends inaugural season 2021-2022 in South America (Brazil) - together with Costa Favolosa. The new ship will be homeported in Santos, starting operations on December 26, 2021, through April 10, 2022. The program includes a total of 15x 7-day roundtrips to Salvador da Bahia and Ilheus.
2022-2023: week-long sailings to discover France, Italy, and Spain, with a long port call in Ibiza
Costa cruise ship classes
(newest) Excellence-class (aka Helios-class)
- gross tonnage 180,000 tons, LNG powered, passengers 5200, cabins 2600
- shipbuilder Meyer Turku
- building cost USD 950 million per unit
- Costa Venezia (2019), Costa Firenze (2020)
- new class ships for the Asian market (homeported in China)
- gross tonnage 135,500 tons, passengers 4200
- shipbuilder Fincantieri
- building cost USD 780 million per unit
- GT tonnage 92,700 tons
- LOA length 294 m, width 32 m, draft 7 m, decks 12
- speed 42 kph, 1130 staterooms, capacity 2828+1,100 (passengers+crew)
- cost: USD 600 million
- vessels - Costa DIADEMA (2014), Costa DELIZIOSA (2010), Costa LUMINOSA (2009)
(Modified) Concordia-Class Ships Specifications: tonnage 114,500 GT, length 290 m, beam 32 m, draft 8 m, decks 13, speed 40 km/h, 1,506 staterooms, capacity 3,780+1,100 passengers+crew. Cost: US 670 million.
Costa FASCINOSA (2012) – 4-5-7-day trips in the Mediterranean from Venice.
Costa FAVOLOSA (2011) – 7-n Mediterranean from Venice.
Concordia-Class Ships Specifications (Modified Conquest-class): tonnage 114,500 GT, length 290m, beam 36m, draft 8m, decks 14, speed 40 km/h, 1,500 staterooms, capacity 3,780+1,100 passengers+crew.
Costa PACIFICA (2009) – the first recording studio at sea.
- Northern Europe from Hamburg Germany
- South America (during winter)
Costa SERENA (2007) – 7-n Mediterranean, Dubai; Costa Serena started year-round deployment from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai in April 2015.
Fortuna-Class Ships Specifications (identical to the Carnival Destiny-class): tonnage 105,000 GT, length 271m, beam 37m, draft 8m, decks 13, speed 37 km/h, 1,358 staterooms, capacity 2,720+1,027 passengers+crew.
Costa MAGICA (2004) – Western Med 7-n from Rome (fall and winter)
Costa FORTUNA (2003) – all present and past Costa ships are displayed as models in her Atrium.
- 9 and 10-night South America from Sao Paulo
- 5 and 7-night the Mediterranean from Venice incl the Adriatic)
- arrives in Shanghai on April 22, 2016; currently sailing in Asia.
Spirit-Class Ships Specifications: tonnage 86,000 GT, length 292m, beam 32m, draft 8m, decks 12, speed 41 km/h, capacity 2,114+912 passengers+crew. Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Finland. Panamax form factor (able to traverse the Panama Canal).
- South America (during winter)
- 7-night Eastern Med from Venice (late spring), and 10-n Egypt-Greek-Turkey from Genoa (late fall)
- 7-night Northern Europe from Copenhagen (summer), Scandinavia and Russia, and Norwegian Fjords
- 5 and 7-night the Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale (spring, fall)
- currently sailing in Asia.
Sky-Class Ships Specifications: tonnage 76,000 GT, length 252m, beam 32m, draft 8m, decks 12, speed 40 km/h, capacity 1,928+766 passengers+crew, builder: Bremer Vulkan, Germany.
Costa VICTORIA (1996) - the first cruise ship with later added balconies.
- Japan cruises in 2016
- Asian itineraries from China and Singapore. In 2017-2018, the ship was homeported in Laem Chabang (Bangkok) for roundtrips in the Gulf of Thailand. In the period January 11- 25, the ship had scheduled three 4-night itineraries to Koh Samui, Sihanoukville and Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam). Followed a 4-night relocation itinerary to China.
- Mediterranean itineraries (2018-2019)
The vessel was sold and scrapped in 2020.
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