The Carnival-owned cruise lines will employ stringent safety protocols

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Good news for European seafarers.  Two cruise lines are resuming operations abroad.

The first to sail  is Italy-based Costa Cruises on  Sunday, Sept. 6 followed  by Germany-based AIDA Cruise  on Nov.1.

 A gradual phase-in

Both lines, owned by Carnival Corporation, will ease into operations. They will employ six initial ships with limited capacity and itineraries.

Costa Cruises is using  two initial ships departing from Italian ports.  It will start  Sept. 6 with Costa Deliziosa. The ship will make  weekly cruises from Trieste on Sept. 6.   She’ll visit  Bari and Brindisi in Puglia, Corigliano-Rossano in Calabria, and Siracusa and Catania in Sicily.

On Sept. 19, Costa Diadema  does Genoa with stops along the western Mediterranean. Ports include Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and La Spezia. These one-week itineraries are exclusively for Italian guests.

 AIDA sailing from the Canary Island

Come November, AIDA Cruises  will resume operations in  the Canary Islands,  the western Mediterranean and United Arab Emirates.  It will do  seven-day itineraries  from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, with AIDAmar.  Then AIDAperla  will  sail  from Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife .

On December 12, AIDA Cruises will resume seven-day sailings  in the Western Mediterranean on AIDAstella departing  from Palma, Mallorca.  AIDAprima will offer seven-day cruises from Dubai starting Dec. 11 and from Abu Dhabi beginning Dec. 15.

Comprehensive coronavirus safety precautions

Both Costa  and AIDA Cruises are ensuring the use of stringent health and hygiene protocols and providing guests with comprehensive information about these.

Costa Cruises’s Costa Safety Protocol comprises new operating procedures supported by independent  public health scientific experts in and defined by the Italian Government and European authorities. Additional information on the Costa Safety Protocol is available here.

Carnival continues to work with world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to ensure safe sailings.

 A fluid situation

For the moment these cruises are only available to Europeans.  Let’s hope it all goes well. If you’re ready to sail contact a well-informed Pavlus Travel advisor to make arrangements (800-528-9300).

Stay safe and bon voyage.



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