La Spezia: Costa to kick off cruises management
The 'bridge tender' winner appointed to manage the service, confirmed being ready to cooperate with MSC in order to run the new cruise terminal
After having won the so called ‘bridge tender’ granting concession on port areas and cruise services in La Spezia (for 6 months, to be extended to 10, while waiting for AdSP's procedure regarding the construction and management of the new cruise terminal) Costa Crociere formally inaugurated their new commitment by hosting the Costa Victoria.
“La Spezia is a port we are particularly interested in, also due to forthcoming cruise terminal – commented the company's General Manager, Neil Palomba – we confide there will be a shared project, particularly considering that Costa Crociere aims at increasing cruises in the port”.
The manager also added they don't intend ruling out any cooperation with their direct competitor: “We are ready – continued Palomba – to cooperate with MSC”.
As already illustrated at former press conference, while announcing the return of Costa ships to Genoa, as from November 2019 Costa Crociere – which has been recruiting staff previously working in La Spezia and is being served by local operators and suppliers in compliance with tender provision - will increase its presence in the Gulf of Poets hosting the Costa Smeralda (180,000 GT and 6,600 guests, currently under construction at Meyer Turku yard, Finland) and AidaNova (Aida Cruises brand).
“Costa Crociere needs no presentation, the company will definitely undertake the newly adjudicated commitment at the very best. We intend cooperating with local operators and players engaged in this sector, so as to continue developing cruise tourism in town” commented Carla Roncallo, President of AdSP of Western Ligurian Sea, after stating that the project-financing tender aimed at setting the service will be shortly launched”.
In year 2018 Costa Crociere negotiated 20 stopovers in La Spezia, namely 60,000 handled passengers. Besides the Costa Victoria (75,000 GT and 2,394 overall guests), calling the port on Mondays until May 21st, the Costa Magica (103,000 GT and 3,470 guests will reach the port from September 16th to November 21st on Sundays, while Aida Cruises will count 5 stopovers handling overall 11,000 passengers.
In year 2019 overall stopovers run by the whole Costa group will be 49 (255,000 passengers). Costa Crociere will count 21 stopovers reaching 80,000 passengers.
From April 4th to May 23rd 2019 and from October 3rd to November 7th, the Costa Fortuna (103,000 GT and 3,470 guests) will call at La Spezia on Tuesdays, while the Costa Smeralda new flagship will reach the port on Fridays from November 15th to May 2020.
Aida Cruises will call La Spezia 28 times in 2019 with flagship AidaNova, envisaging overall 175,000 passengers.