August 25, 2020 - As we reported on August 13th, Costa Crociere is planning a restart in the Mediterranean in September 2020. The cruises are exclusively reserved for Italian guests. The Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Diadema are used for driving.
Costa Crociere and Cunard Line are brands of the Carnival group. Cunard has just announced a suspension of ship operations - differentiated by ship - until May 2021. It looks different with Costa. The Genoa-based shipping company will start operations with two ships in September 2020. Starting ports are Triest and Genoa.
A prerequisite for resuming travel is the introduction of a Security protocol. This stipulates that swabs must be taken from all guests before boarding. A COVID-6 swab test must be carried out on all guests going on board from the first departure from Costa Deliziosa, which is scheduled for September 19, and for all ships that start operations later. The rapid antigen test is used to identify suspected cases among travelers who are then subjected to a PCR test for further verification. In this way, the future access to the ships will be decided.
Costa Diadema in the port of Civitavecchia
Costa Crociere received a "Biosafety Trust Certification" from the global classification society RINA. The Italian RINA roughly corresponds to the German TÜV organizations. In order to obtain the certification, specific training modules were created for the crews in strict compliance with the new health protocols and the associated ship management system introduced by Costa.
The Costa Deliziosa will be the first ship to start operating on September 6th. The ship operates cruises every Sunday from Trieste to Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano, Siracusa and Catania until September 27th. The Costa Diadema will follow on September 19, 2020. She goes on seven-day cruises from Genoa in the western Mediterranean. The goals are the cities Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples and Palermo. The trips are exclusively reserved for Italian guests.