Costa returns to Genoa targeting establishing a terminal at Calata Gadda
The company will be handling 170,000 passengers this year while 2020 will record 200,000 with the Costa Pacifica
Costa Crociere decided to deploy the Costa Fortuna in Genoa for the whole summer season, boarding/disembarking overall 170,000 passengers, while AdsP will have to identify an adequate area hosting a dedicated terminal.
As announced by Port Authority's helm, Paolo Emilio Signorini, Calata Gadda would be seemingly the best location, although new opportunities might come up.
Major hindrances relates to urban and state-property problems therefore quite some time could be required before accomplishing final project.
Meanwhile, Neil Palomba stated their solution should be integrated within the new waterfront, also adding they are evaluating various sites for the terminal, while the best idea would pivot on shiprepairs areas, considering the Hennebique inadequate for the group's ships.
“Stazioni marittime already controls passengers area westbound”, added Palomba.
Meanwhile, starting this week Costa Crociere will regularly call at Genoa with Costa Fortuna which launched current summer season calling at Andrea Doria quay, from which she will be departing every Friday until November 8th to offer weekly cruises in Western Mediterranean.
In 2019 Costa will stop in Genoa overall 40 times, 34 with the Costa Fortuna that will be supported by three ships in spring and autumn, targeting 170,000 handled passengers.
Costa Crociere also confirmed Genoa for 2020 when, the Costa Fortuna will be replaced by Costa Pacifica, returning every Friday until November 13th, after her maiden voyage starting on March 23rd 2020.
Stopovers will still remain 40 but handled passengers will reach 200,000 being a larger unit.
Neil Palomba stated to be proud having celebrated Costa return to Genoa, actually broadening their presence in town, where they established their headquarter over 70 years ago, confiding this will be a starting point for the future.
“We are currently cooperating with local authorities to find the best solution for the construction of a new dedicated terminal” adding it will support Palacrociere of Savona, where the company is substantially investing, and La Spezia, where Costa and other companies were adjudicated preliminary concession for managing cruise services and the construction of a new terminal”.