Two of Carnival’s regional brands – Costa and Aida – are to begin cruising again within the next two months, the parent company of both has confirmed.
Costa, which services the Italian market, will begin sailing this Sunday as planned. Aida, Carnival’s German brand, will begin operations on November 1.
Both will begin operations gradually, initially with six ships and limited itineraries. They will be the first two of Carnival’s nine brands to resume operations.
Costa will begin operating out of Trieste with Deliziosa, offering weekly sailings. It will then introduce Diadema. Both ships will only call at Italian ports and will be reserved exclusively for Italian guests.
Aida will begin sailing from the Canary Islands in November and will introduce a ship in the Mediterranean and another in the United Arab Emirates in December.
The companies have worked with global and national health authorities and medical experts to help facilitate the safe return of cruise holidays.
“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. In areas of the world where community spread is largely mitigated and authorities are supportive of a gradual return to service over time, we look forward to again welcoming guests on board.”