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Costa Cruises To Resume Sailings This Weekend Aboard Flagship

Sarah Bretz

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Tomorrow, May 1, 2021, Costa Cruises will resume sailings from Savona, Italy with its flagship Costa Smeralda.

To celebrate the restart of Costa Smeralda, local and port authorities will be at the port of Savona along with Costa Cruises President Mario Zanetti.

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Costa Smeralda in Savona (Photo courtesy of Costa Cruises)

The resumption of operations for the Italian-flagged cruise company marks an important economic recovery for the entire region. Before the global health crisis, Costa Cruises generated an economic impact of 3.5 billion euro per year in Italy, and over 17,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Costa Smeralda’s Restart Itinerary

Costa Smeralda‘s weeklong itinerary includes Savona, Civitavecchia (the port for Rome), Naples, Messina, Cagliari, and La Spezia. The voyages can also be divided into two mini-cruises of three or four nights for those who want a shorter getaway.

READ MORE: Costa To Sail Summer 2021 Mediterranean Cruises

Costa Safety Protocol

Cruises will follow the procedures set out in the Costa Safety Protocol, guidelines developed by the cruise line together with scientific experts and Italian authorities.

The protocols include:

  • Swab tests before the cruise and then again halfway through
  • Wearing a mask onboard where necessary
  • Reduced occupancy
  • Remodeled public spaces
  • Numerous hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship
  • Extended mealtimes
  • Touchless restaurant menus via QR codes that can be scanned by a smartphone
  • New ventilation system filters
  • A fully-equipped medical center
  • Increased sanitation in both public areas and staterooms
  • Protected excursions through Costa Cruises only

Costa Smeralda will be the first of four Costa ships to operate during summer 2021, offering voyages throughout the Mediterranean.

On the days when Costa ships are not operating at the port, the Palacrociere terminal in Savona, managed by Costa Cruises, will continue to be used by ASL 2 Savona (a local Public Health Unit) for its vaccination campaign.

READ NEXT: Cruise Lines That Are Sailing in Summer 2021

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