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.