Two Carnival Corporation Lines to Resume Operations
Carnival Corporation announced today that the first two of its nine cruise lines, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises, have unveiled plans to resume operations following a multi-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy-based Costa Cruises scheduled to restart sailing in Italy this Sunday, September 6, 2020, followed by Germany-based AIDA Cruises scheduled to resume on November 1, 2020.
Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises return to sail will begin in a gradual, phased-in manner with just six ships and limited itineraries. The initial cruises will take place with adjusted passenger capacity and enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities to follow shoreside mitigation guidelines.
Beginning September 6, Costa will restart sailing with two initial ships departing from Italian ports. Costa Deliziosa will offer weekly cruises from Trieste visiting five destinations in southern Italy, and Costa Diadema will follow on September 19 from Genoa, calling at Italian ports in the western Mediterranean. At the present time, these one-week itineraries are being reserved exclusively for Italian guests. AIDA Cruises will resume operations with two of its ships, sailing from the Canary Islands in November 2020, followed by an additional two ships departing from the western Mediterranean and the United Arab Emirates beginning in December 2020.
In working with global and national health authorities and medical experts, Costa and AIDA developed a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help facilitate a safe, healthy return to cruise vacations.
“Our highest responsibilities and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit, and our crew,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We are engaged with a large number of medical experts and scientists around the world, and they are providing us with extremely valuable insight that we are using to develop new and enhanced protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew, and overall public health.”
Both brands are providing guests with detailed information about enhanced restart protocols, which will continue to be modeled after shoreside health and mitigation guidelines as defined by each brand's respective county, and approved by the flag state, Italy. Protocols will be updated based on evolving scientific and medical knowledge related to mitigation strategies.