Costa Cruises will have its entire fleet sailing by summer 2022, with four of its newest ships deployed in the Caribbean - Costa Toscana, Costa Smeralda, Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia. In addition, the cruise line is planning on lifting rules around shore excursions and in light of the gradual relaxation of the measures in place to make them available for spring 2022.
Costa's program includes a total of more than 1,800 cruises from spring 2022 to winter 2022-23, visiting 179 destinations around the world, with cruises lasting from three to 127 days. All these cruises will feature the new product innovations from the cruise line, with a range of shore excursions and gastronomic offers.
"In 2021 we safely recorded on our ships more than 1.5 million passenger movements, achieving a truly unique and exceptional record considering the context in which we operated," said Roberto Alberti, SVP & Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises.
"We also reached previously unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction, thanks to the efforts and investments we have made since the restart of our operations. I am confident that the return to free shore excursions, which we are planning for next summer and which we hope can be anticipated as early as next spring, will be an extra incentive to choose a Costa cruise."
After Costa Toscana's inaugural cruise on 05MAR, Costa's restart program includes Costa Favolosa on 28APR, with "mini cruises" in the Mediterranean; Costa Venezia on 01MAY from Istanbul, with a new and unique one-week itinerary in Turkey and Greece; and Costa Smeralda on 07MAY, offering a one-week itinerary in the western Mediterranean. Costa Pacifica will resume operations on 04JUL from Bari, exploring Greece and Malta. The two-week cruises to the Canary Islands and the Azores, originally planned for Costa Pacifica in APR and MAY, will be provided instead by Costa Luminosa, while Costa Fortuna will return to operating in Northern Europe on 12JUN.
After the winter season in South America, Costa Diadema will return to the Mediterranean, offering a cruise to Lisbon on 05MAY, as well as Costa Fascinosa, which will be leaving on 01MAY for a cruise to the Azores, dedicated to Costa Club members. Back from the Caribbean, Costa Deliziosa will resume its Mediterranean cruises from 15APR, while Costa Firenze, having completed its season in Dubai, will be positioned in Genoa on 07APR, to begin its program of cruises in Spain, Italy and France.
In summer 2022, the sister ships Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana, powered by liquefied natural gas, together with the Costa Firenze, will offer weeklong cruises in the western Mediterranean, while Costa Venezia will continue with its new itinerary in Turkey and Greece, departing from Istanbul. Costa Pacifica, Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa will be operating in the Eastern Mediterranean with one-week cruises. Four ships; Costa Fortuna, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fascinosa and Costa Diadema, will be deployed in Northern Europe, visiting the Baltic capitals, the Norwegian fjords, the North Cape and Iceland.
Costa Firenze will be deployed on week-long cruises to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman, departing from Dubai. Costa Venezia will be operating from Istanbul, with 11-day cruises to Turkey, Israel and Egypt, while Costa Diadema will be offering two-week cruises to the Canary Islands, calling also in Lisbon. Costa Pacifica and Costa Fascinosa will be visiting islands in the Caribbean. Costa Smeralda will be offering one-week cruises in the western Mediterranean. Costa Toscana, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fortuna will be positioned in South America.
From winter 2023, Costa's grand voyages will also be back. Costa Deliziosa will be offering the Around the World cruise, departing from Venice on 06JAN 2023, or from Savona on 11JAN 2023. The itinerary will take guests to India and the Maldives, then to South Africa and Namibia, and then to South America, up the continent's Pacific coast, through the Panama Strait and even visiting New York before returning to Europe. The Costa Luminosa Grand Cruises depart from Genoa on 08JAN 2023 and from Buenos Aires on 27FEB 2023, going from the Mediterranean to Tierra del Fuego and back, sailing up the Amazon River to Manaus.
Costa Serena’s program to resume cruising in Asia in 2022 will be announced over the next few weeks.
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