Costa Cruises Sails First Cruise for Carnival Corp in Six Months
became the first of Carnival Corporation's cruise line to resume operations as
its first cruise departed Trieste, Italy on September 6. After being idle for
more than six months, the cruise line is taking a cautious approach to resuming
operations and restoring traveler’s confidence in cruising.
Costa Cruises took extensive steps to establish health and safety
Costa Cruises took
extensive steps to prepare for the first cruise working with officials in Italy
to establish health and safety protocols. The 92,700 gross tons cruise ship
Costa Deliziosa became the first to sail departing Trieste on a 7-day cruise
that will only call at the Italian ports of Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano,
conducted a mock embarkation session
As part of the
preparation for the return to service from Trieste, on September 4, Costa
conducted a mock embarkation session as a rehearsal to train its staff in the
new protocol. Under the procedures the idea is to make the terminal a safety
zone that can only be entered by embarking passengers and assigned personnel.
The same procedures will be following in each of the embarkation ports.
Passengers arrival and must wear mask, hand hygiene and social
Passengers will be
arriving at the terminal in small groups with assigned times starting at 10
a.m. in the morning and proceeding at 30-minute intervals and must wear face
coverings while in the terminal. They are also requested to maintain social
distancing and disinfectant gel dispensers are available for hand hygiene.
medical testing includes swab tests for COVID-19
Changes in operations because of covid-19
are aboard the cruise ship, they will also find a number of changes to the
operation. Capacity aboard the ship is being limited to help maintain greater
distances between passengers. Audiences are being limited during the shows with
more repeat performances so that everyone has the opportunity to see the show.
All meals are being serviced with table service, eliminating self-service
buffets, and capacity in certain areas of the ship are being limited as well as
staggering entrance times to areas such as the spa, pools and children’s
facilities. Hand sanitizing stations and self-service clinical thermometer
kiosks have also been placed around the ship.
Shore visits limited
Visits on shore
during the cruise are limited to excursions organized by Costa Cruises.
Passengers will have their body temperatures checked leaving and returning to
the ship, will tour in small groups in vehicles that were sanitized before the
protocols and restrictions seem significant, they are similar to steps that MSC
Cruises also instituted when it returned to service a few weeks ago. The
companies plan to proceed cautiously to reduce the potential of exposure to the
virus being introduced aboard their ships.