Costa Toscana. Image courtesy of Costa Cruises

Costa Toscana departs on maiden voyage in Italy

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Costa Cruises’ latest Italian-flagged ship set sail from Savona on her maiden cruise. The Costa Toscana is a latest-generation ship.

Costa Toscana, the newest Italian-flagged ship in the Costa Cruises fleet, departed Savona on her maiden cruise. The Toscana is a latest-generation ship runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG). This is the most advanced technology currently available in the maritime sector to reduce emissions.

“Costa Toscana is an innovative ship which fully interprets the new cruise experience, including the exploration of destinations.

“The departure of Costa Toscana also represents a new step in the journey that will bring our fleet back to full capacity this summer.

“Our restart will bolster an ecosystem that before the pandemic generated an annual economic impact of €12.6 billion in Europe, including €3.5 billion in Italy alone, with over 63,000 jobs,” said Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Cruises.

Increased demand for cruises

“We are seeing an increasing demand for our cruises. Furthermore, as the general situation improves, we expect a simplification of our enhanced health and safety protocols, based on our ongoing monitoring of the pandemic,” Zanetti added.

“The work we are carrying out in this direction with the authorities is already well advanced.

“I believe that cruises will soon be back to normal, with new protocols that will allow our guests to fully enjoy the experiences on board and ashore, with the return, for example, of free excursions for guests”.

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Over 1800 cruises

Seven more ships will follow Costa Toscana and return to operation. By this summer, the entire fleet of 12 ships will be operational again.

There are more than 1,800 cruises available with itineraries ranging from 3 to 127 days in length.

The company’s ships will visit 179 destinations worldwide, with a completely revamped excursion offer, providing about 1,800 tours.

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