Costa Cruises Temporarily Suspends Global Cruise Operations

Mar 14, 2020

Following the recent global developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Italian cruise line Costa Cruises has decided to voluntarily suspend voyages on all of its cruise ships  Costa Cruises announces they will put on hold the global operations of their vessels, impacting voyages until April 3, 2020. The decision was taken as the global spread of the Coronavirus is calling for extraordinary measures and for the resolute contribution of all stakeholders to stop the outbreak. 

“As an industry leader, we feel it is our responsibility to be ready to make hard choices when times require,” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. 

“In 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". 

"Travelling the world on board a Costa Cruises cruise ship and explore new destinations and cultures is an enriching experience. We have been making this dream come true for millions of people in over 70 years of history, and we will be ready to share these happy experiences with all our guests again soon" concluded Neil Palomba. 

In the past months, Costa Cruises had further strengthened the precautionary measures on its fleet and has strictly followed the guidelines from the World Health Organization, however, the logistics of traveling around the world are today more challenging than ever and with increased restrictions adopted by several countries carrying out safe and smooth operations has become significantly complex. In an effort to contain the health emergency, Costa Cruises already had reviewed the itineraries of its ships calling at Italian ports up to April 3, while Costa operations in China were already suspended on January 25. 

Cruises currently underway will end their current cruise only to allow guests to disembark. 

*Scheduled dates of return in operations: 3 April Costa Magica (from Barcelona); 4 April Costa Smeralda, Costa Pacifica; 5 April Costa Luminosa, Costa Diadema; 8 April Costa Fortuna; 10 April Costa Favolosa, Costa Mediterranea; 3 May Costa Fascinosa.