The new Costa Savona is leaving the port of Savona for its first cruise today.
Designed and built by Fincantieri in the Marghera shipyards, the Costa Firenze is inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, according to the Italian brand.
It is the fourth Costa ship to sail again in 2021 after the Costa Smeralda, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa, after the company has gradually resumed guest operations.
The week-long itinerary of the Costa Firenze is dedicated to all of Italy with six different destinations – Savona, Civitavecchia / Rome, Naples, Catania, Palermo and Cagliari – with calls to ports of at least 10 hours.
From the end of this month until August, Valletta will also be part of the itinerary.
“Costa Firenze is the perfect ambassador of Italian style, which we have combined with a number of product innovations specially designed for families and couples,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises. “This is the fourth Costa ship to return to service this summer and confirms the gradual return to normalcy of our business and the cruise industry, which is of great economic and employment importance to our country.”
With the Firenze now in operation, the Smeralda will now offer a different route marking the return from Costa to France with weekly calls in Marseille and to Spain with weekly calls in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, in addition to Savona, Civitavecchia / Rome and Messina.
And from September the Costa Firenze will expand its route to France and Spain and will travel to Savona, Civitavecchia / Rome, Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona and Marseille. In the winter of 2021-2022, the Costa Firenze will be positioned in Dubai. The week-long cruises will visit the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman, with stops in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat and a multi-day layover in Dubai, with special packages for visits to Expo Dubai 2020 as Costa Cruises is the gold sponsor of the Italian Pavilions at Expo Dubai 2020.
Costa’s restart plan also includes Costa Fascinosa, due to open from Savona on September 23 for 10-day cruises to Lisbon, and Costa Diadema on September 26.