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Costa Cruises takes on the Mediterranean for summer 2021

The new Costa Firenze leaves Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
The new Costa Firenze leaves Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

Costa Cruises has updated its summer 2021 cruise programme and will operate four ships in the Mediterranean.

Two Costa ships will sail in the Eastern Mediterranean and two in the Western Mediterranean with embarkation in 13 ports. The cruises visit ports in Italy, France, Spain and Greece.

“We have updated our programme for this summer based on a scenario of port and destination reopenings that is becoming increasingly clear and that now allows us to better plan our operations and offer extraordinary cruise vacations to the many guests who look forward to relaxing and memorable holidays,” said Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Cruises.

The cruises will feature extended stays at ports of call and organised shore excursions exclusive to Costa guests. The ships will also feature the Costa Safety Protocol, which includes enhanced health and safety procedures.

Costa's two newest ships will operate in the Western Mediterranean: Costa Smeralda, the LNG-powered flagship, and Costa Firenze, the new ship inspired by the Florentine Renaissance and delivered last December.

The first ship to depart will be Costa Smeralda on 1 May. The ship will operate three- and four-day mini-cruises as well as week-long voyages, calling at the Italian ports of Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Cagliari. This Italian itinerary will be extended until 3 July, when the ship will return to offer week-long cruises visiting Savona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia, as well as Marseille, France, and Barcelona, Spain.

Costa Firenze will depart on its first cruise 4 July, with an all-Italian itinerary that includes Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Cagliari. From 12 September until mid-October, Costa Firenze also will offer one-week international cruises including Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona and Marseilles.

Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa will operate on the eastern side of the Mediterranean.

Costa Luminosa is confirmed to depart on 16 May from Trieste, and the following day from Bari, focusing on the Greek destinations of Corfu, Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos and Katakolon.

Costa Deliziosa will resume cruises from 26 June, offering a week-long itinerary to Venice, Katakolon, Corfu, Bari and an extended overnight stay in Mykonos.

Costa cancelled the summer season in Northern Europe and all other cruises until mid-September 2021 due to the uncertainty of the reopening of several destinations.

Source: Travel Pulse

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