The company Costa Cruises has announced that it will resume some of its itineraries for the autumn winter season, after the impact suffered by the covid-19 pandemic. The company dedicated to the world of navigation will thus include Valencia and Barcelona among its next ports, but for the moment it keeps the ports of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands out of its routes.
And so far the company has already scheduled its first cruises, which it is conducting on a trial basis and only with Italian citizens. The ‘Costa Deliziosa has been the shipping company chosen for these first journeys, although throughout the month of September new routes will be included and the company does not rule out that the situation may change depending on how demand evolves and the characteristics of each specific country.
Thus, the great novelty of the season will be the debut of the new ship Costa Firenze, which will carry out a seven-day tour of the Mediterranean, and which will include two Spanish ports for the first time since the pandemic. Costa Cruises schedules new cruises from For the month of November, which already includes a 12-day itinerary through the Canary Islands. However, for the moment, Costa Cruises has chosen not to include the Balearic and Canary Islands in its most immediate routes.
The Italian company has become the first cruise company to obtain the RINA Biosafety Certification, and has also announced that will introduce the covid-19 test to all its travelers before the boarding process.
In the certification process, which is carried out through audits, all aspects of life on board and ashore are examined (from boarding procedures, to hotel services, restaurants, physical conditioning, rest areas and shore excursions) and the compliance of the system with the plan’s procedures for the prevention and control of infections is also evaluated.
To obtain RINA certification specific training modules have been created for crews, in strict compliance with the new sanitary protocols and the associated management system on board ships, implemented in Costa Cruises.
These training programs reinforce the already strict procedures applied on board ships, at the boarding terminals and during shore excursions, introduced with the Costa Security Protocol, the new health protocol developed by the company, with the scientific support of independent experts, in response to the COVID-19 situation.
Based on the current epidemiological situation and considering the opinion of the experts, from the first departure of the Costa Deliziosa, scheduled for September 6 from Trieste, and following on all the ships that will later operate again, the company will perform the rapid covid-19 antigen test on all guests.
The test will be carried out within the broader pre-boarding procedures that have been defined in accordance with the protocols of the health authorities and the Costa Cruises Security Protocol.
Rapid antigen test will identify any suspected cases that can be subjected to a subsequent PCR test for double verification, thus determining the possibility of shipment. The company also offers its guests the option of subscribing a dedicated insurance, with specific services in case of need.