Costa Cruises says it voluntarily put on hold the global operations of its ships, impacting voyages until 3APR.
The line says the decision was taken because the global spread of COVID-19 “requires extraordinary measures and for the resolute contribution of all stakeholders to stop the outbreak.”
Cruises currently underway will end their current sailing only to allow guests to disembark and return to their home. Costa saiys it is informing travel agents and customers, who will receive a voucher for a future cruise credit.
“As an industry leader, we feel it is our responsibility to be ready to make hard choices when times require it,” said Neil Palomba, President. “At Costa, we always have the health and safety of our guests and crew members at heart. Now that these unprecedented circumstances require unprecedented actions to make sure that people across the world stay healthy, we are ready to play our role.
Scheduled dates of return to operations: 3APR Costa Magica (from Barcelona); 4APR Costa Smeralda, Costa Pacifica; 5APR Costa Luminosa, Costa Diadema; 8 April Costa Fortuna; 10APR Costa Favolosa, Costa Mediterranea; 3MAY Costa Fascinosa.
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