Costa restarts cruises on March 27 with Smeralda ship

   February 18, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The Carnival Corporation-owned Italian brand Costa Cruises announced its liners are ready for passenger shipping with fleetwide enhanced health and safety protocols.

The company's restart is with the flagship Smeralda, scheduled to depart on March 27, 2021. The unchanged itinerary visits Italian spots only, with 3-4-day mini-cruises and a 7-day B2B (back-to-back) visiting Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples, Messina Sicily and Cagliari Sardinia.

From May 1, Smeralda returns to regular 7-day Western Mediterranean voyages visiting Italy (Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo Sicily), France (Marseille) and Spain (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca).

A second boat - Luminosa, resumes service from Trieste on May 2, 2021 (the next day out of Bari) with 7-day itineraries to ports in Greece and Croatia.

Costa Smeralda cruise ship

Costa is working with local and national authorities of the countries included in its itineraries outside Italy in order to define the details of the restart, with enhanced health and safety measures via the Costa Safety Protocol.

All other voyages scheduled until the end of May 2021, and not included in the program updated today, are canceled.

Costa is in the process of informing customers and travel agents affected by changes.