The restart of Costa Smeralda was celebrated on Saturday morning at the Palacrociere terminal, in the presence of the president of Costa Cruises Mario zanetti, in collaboration with local authorities, including the mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio; the President of the Port Authority of the West Ligurian Sea, Paolo Emilio Signorini; and the captain of Guard Savona Costa, Francesco Cimmino.
“This year, May 1 takes on special significance for Costa Cruises as our company resumes operations, celebrating the resumption of work, for us and for all allied industries, “said Zanetti de Costa.” We are delighted to be leaving from a port in Liguria, the region that has inhabited us for more than 70 years. The cruise and tourism sector is essential for the recovery of the Italian economy. Suffice it to say that before the break due to the Covid-19 emergency, our company generated an economic impact of 3.5 billion euros at the national level, with more than 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, in collaboration with around 5,000 partners. We hope that Saturday’s restart will be a sign of a return to normalcy, for us, for our guests, whom we are pleased to welcome back on board, and for all the suppliers working in our sector. “
The first cruise of the Costa Smeralda includes a completely Italian itinerary, visiting Savona, Civitavecchia /Rome, Naples, Messina, Cagliari and la Spezia. Customers can choose to book the entire itinerary, for a week-long vacation, or split it into three- and four-day mini-cruises, to experience a shorter vacation.
Health and safety procedures have been improved with the adoption of the Costa Security Protocol, the protocol developed by the company in collaboration with scientific experts and the Italian authorities, which contains operational measures related to all aspects of the cruise experience, both on board and ashore. The measures include: a reduction in the number of guests; swab tests for all passengers before boarding and after halfway through the cruise; swab tests for the crew before boarding and regularly during their stay on board; temperature checks each time customers disembark and re-enter the ship and each time they enter restaurants; visits to destinations only with protected excursions; social distancing on board and in terminals; new ways of using on-board services; improved health and medical services; and the use of protective masks if necessary.
When it comes to the vacation experience, guests will enjoy new features, including a renewed excursion program, which will allow them to discover off the beaten track destinations, exclusively for Costa customers, and new menu proposals, with dishes related to the places visited by the route.
In addition, Costa’s restart takes place with the most advanced vessel in the fleet in terms of reduce environmental impact. Indeed, the Costa Smeralda is the brand’s first cruise ship to be powered by LNG, the most advanced propulsion technology available to reduce emissions. All of the ship’s daily water needs are met by directly transforming seawater using watermakers; energy consumption is kept to a minimum thanks to an intelligent energy efficiency system; and waste is managed on board with 100% separate collection for the recycling of plastic, paper, glass and aluminum.
Costa Smeralda is the first of four ships that will operate for Costa in summer 2021, offering cruises in the Mediterranean. At May 16, Costa luminosa will restart, offering one-week cruises Greece. At June 26, Costa deliziosa will be back on weeklong cruises for Greece. At 4th July, Costa Florence, the new ship inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, will sail a weeklong itinerary in Italy. Along with the return of the Costa Firenze, July 3 the Costa Smeralda will be back on international routes, with weeklong cruises in Italy, France and Spain.
“The restart of Costa Cruises on the occasion of Labor Day has a strong symbolic value and should bode well for the recovery of an important economic sector such as tourism ”. mentionned Ilaria Caprioglio, Mayor of Savona. “The Municipality of Savona is happy to celebrate this restart with Costa Cruises, after very difficult months of health, economic and social crisis, in the 25th year of the company’s presence in Savona. Savona is once again ready to welcome cruise passengers.”
“I really appreciate the sense of responsibility and the efforts of Costa Cruises to restart, confirming the port system of Genoa and Savona as one of the main cruise destinations in the Mediterranean, with more than 2.3 million cruise passengers,” mentionned Paolo Emilio Signorini, President of the West Ligurian Sea Port Authority. “Costa Cruises has developed strict safety protocols with health authorities that will allow passengers to experience the cruise in a relaxed and complete way, both on board and ashore. I am proud that Savona is the home port of Costa Cruises and I will continue to work to strengthen this bond even further. We have made significant investments in the terminal and more are to come for the electrification of the docks, meeting a demand for sustainability from the local community. We will also work to improve accessibility to the port, integrating Costa’s world even more into the local reality.“
“The resumption of cruise activities with the Costa Smeralda is very important, in particular in view of the gradual recovery of the sector,“said the captain Francesco Cimmino of the Coast Guard of Savona. “The Harbor Master’s Office – Coast Guard of Savona has completed the on-board inspection activities for the certifications required by the international conventions on safety and security; the activities were carried out by specific teams of inspectors from the Coast Guard of Savona and Genoa. “
SOURCE Costa Cruises