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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
16/03/20 10:25

Costa to suspend Italian cruises until April the 3rd

Ongoing cruises will continue only to allow passengers to disembark in Italian ports. Palomba: “Maximum support to Italian authorities”

Costa Crociere – as “Italian company and single cruise operator flying the Italian flag” committed to “ensure maximum support to Italian authorities and to the community in this extraordinary effort to face the present emergency”, ensured Director General Neil Palomba– announced that it changed its Italian itineraries in compliance with the recent decree issued by the Italian Government to slow the spread of coronavirus.

First of all, Costa suspended the departures of new Italia cruises until April the 3rd, while as concerns ongoing cruises, it explained that its ships will call at Italian ports only to allow passengers to disembark, without excursions or new embarkations”.

The shipping company within Carnival group, which will grant a credit for a future cruise to the passengers affected by this decision, had already cancelled the bookings of Italian passengers related to cruises outside the Mediterranean in order to reduce risks and to apply the special measures issued by the Italian government.

The company pointed out that the further strengthening of the sanitation of its ship to ensure maximum hygiene, and that it adopted strict health checks upon embarkation since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency.