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Costa redesigns 2020/21 European itineraries, confirms Egypt 2020 cruise

Costa Cruises will be returning to Egypt in late 2020, the cruise line confirmed as it released its redesigned European cruise itineraries for 2020 and 2021.

The redesigned itineraries follow Costa Cruises’ limited resumption of cruises in Europe out of Italy this month with Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema.

Costa Deliziosa in Trieste, where Costa Cruises has resumed limited cruises

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Itineraries from October 2020 to March 2021 have been modified to take into account the planned gradual return of an increasing number of ships.

Costa Cruises’ winter 2020-2021 season will only be open to European citizens residing in the countries included in the decree of the Italian Government, while limitation to Italians only is confirmed in September for the first three departures of Costa Deliziosa (September 6, 13, 20) and the first departure of Costa Diadema (September 19).

Countries included in Italian government decree:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

Costa said in a release that it is working with the national governments and the local authorities in destination countries to offer a safe and positive experience for all its guests through the effective implementation of the Costa Safety Protocol in all destinations.

Costa Firenze, under construction at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice), will begin sailing in Europe from December 27th, 2020.

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Guests will be able to discover this latest generation vessel on a seven-day Mediterranean itinerary, visiting Savona, La Spezia, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona and Marseille.

The one-week itinerary of Costa Deliziosa from Trieste, visiting only Italian ports, will be available also for European residents on September 27th and October 4th. Starting from October 10th, Costa Deliziosa will also sail on one-week cruises from Trieste to Greece.

Costa Smeralda was delivered to Costa Cruises last year

Costa’s itineraries in the Mediterranean will be further enriched by the flagship Costa Smeralda, the first Costa ship fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), planned to depart on October 10th from Savona for itineraries in the West Mediterranean.

Starting from November, Costa Diadema will offer two cruises: a 12-day itinerary to the Canary Islands and a 14-day itinerary to discover Egypt and Greece.

The World Cruise is also confirmed with Costa Deliziosa, departing on January 3rd, 2021, for its 13th circumnavigation.

Apart from the itineraries included in this announcement, all the other cruises scheduled from October 2020 to March 2021 are canceled. Costa is informing the impacted guests and travel agents.

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