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02/09/19 12:16

Costa Crociere will be back to Turkey

The Italian cruise company, which will also start calling again in Israel, has also announced that Costa Firenze will be heading directly to China after delivery

Costa Crociere announced the further strengthening of activity in the Mediterranean starting from 2020.

In winter 2020-21 Costa Fortuna will be offering two new 14-day itineraries marking iys return to Turkey and Israel.

The first, departing from Savona on December 6, 2020 and February 7, 2021, includes Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Greece), Izmir (Turkey), an overnight call in Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Palermo and Naples. The second itinerary, which also sails from Savona on January 10 and March 7, 2021, will be porting in Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Grecia), an overnight call in Haifa (Israel), Kusadasi (Turkey), Palermo and Naples.

During the rest of the winter season, Costa Fortuna will be offering 1-week itineraries in the West Med calling at Valencia.

Costa’s presence in the Med will be boosted upon the arrival of Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana, the two new flagships under construction at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. From November this year, Costa Smeralda will be offering one-week cruises in the West Med together with Costa Toscana, due to enter service in 2021.

These two ships constitute a veritable environmental breakthrough: they will both be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, both in port and at sea, thus minimizing environmental impact.

Another addition to the fleet, Costa Firenze, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy), will be deployed in Asia earlier than originally planned.

Costa Firenze and her sister ship Costa Venezia, launched last March, are the company’s first ships specifically designed for the Chinese market, where the Italian company was the first to start operating back in 2006 and is curren market leader.

In order to meet the growing demand from Chinese and Asian guests, after her delivery scheduled on September 30, 2020, Costa Firenze will be heading straight to China; this means she will no longer be operating on the Italy, France and Spain itineraries previously scheduled for October 2020.

As a result of these changes, in winter 2020-21 Costa Mediterranea will be replacing Costa Fortuna, offering the same itineraries from Singapore to discover Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The Italian company is also planning changes to Costa Victoria’s program after September 9, 2020, and to Costa Luminosa’s Caribbean program in winter 2020-21.

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