The decision was taken in consideration of the restrictions in Italy and other European countries to contain the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Such measures do not allow Costa to offer the best cruises to its passengers, especially for what concerns the shore experience.
In line with the new plan of the company, Costa Smeralda's Italian departure is scheduled for May 1, with an unchanged itinerary, sailing passengers to popular Italian locations, with 3- and 4-day mini-cruises (alternatively a 7-day trip) visiting Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples, Messina, Cagliari.
From June 12, Smeralda returns to sailing week-long voyages in the western Mediterranean, with calls in Italy (Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo), France (Marseille), Spain (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca).
The departure date of Costa Luminosa (Costa's second ship scheduled to resume service) has been postponed to May 16, 2021. The boat will leave from Trieste, and the following day from Bari, confirming her program of 7-day roundtrips to Croatia and Greece, in accordance with the recent roadmap for the resumption of tourism in Greece.
As previously announced, all Costa cruises scheduled through the end of May, and not included in Smeralda's and Luminosa's schedules updated today, were canceled.
Costa revealed it was in the process of informing customers and travel agents affected by changes.