Costa is the latest cruise line to return to Europe cruising

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Costa says its Costa Diadema is one of the ships that will resume cruising, in September.
Costa says its Costa Diadema is one of the ships that will resume cruising, in September.

Costa Cruises plans to restart Mediterranean sailings next month, the line said Tuesday.

Costa said the return to cruising, authorized this week by the Italian government, will be done in stages. The first ship scheduled to sail is the Costa Deliziosa on Sept. 6. It will offer weekly cruises from Trieste, Italy, to Greece, the line said.

The Costa Diadema is set to follow Sept. 19 with seven-day cruises from Genoa, Italy, to ports in Italy and Malta.

Cruising is still on pause in the U.S., but several lines are preparing to ease into European cruising. Aida Cruises, Carnival Corp.'s Germany-focused cruise line, also plans to start in September, from the ports of Kiel and Hamburg. Two of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' ships resumed at 40% capacity, restricted to residents of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Tui Cruises' Mein Schiff is operating short cruises-to-nowhere from Hamburg. 

Hurtigruten is continuing to operate its Norwegian coastal voyages, although it stopped its expedition cruises after some crew and passengers tested positive for Covid on one of its ships.

Also this week, MSC Cruises said it will resume sailing on two ships from Italy in August.

Those cruises are being sold to European travelers only, and shore access is only permitted through authorized shore excursions.

Costa did not specify any restrictions on travelers, although Americans are still prohibited from traveling to the E.U. due to high Covid-19 infection rates in the U.S. The statement from Costa said that details on the itineraries would be forthcoming and that it was working with local institutions, health authorities, ports and its classification society. 

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