The Italian company Costa Cruises will strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean from 2020. Among others, the Costa Fortuna will enter two new routes of 14 days in winter 2020/21, new ports in Turkey and Israel. The first to start in Savona on December 6, 2020 and February 7, 2021 includes Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Heraklion (Greece), Izmir and one night in Istanbul (Turkey) and Athens (Greece), Palermo and Naples ( Italy). The second line, also in Savona on January 10 and March 7, 2021, will be in Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Heraklion (Greece), one night in Haifa (Israel), Kusadasi (Turkey), Palermo and Naples s & # 39; stop. During the rest of the winter season, Costa Fortuna makes weekly visits to the western Mediterranean, where Valencia is also active.
Costa Cruises President Neil Palomba said of the information: "We are working to expand our presence in the Mediterranean, making it our region more than ever, with a number of itineraries covering all the needs in terms of destinations and travel time. "
New LNG tankers are mainly used in the Mediterranean
Costa's presence in the Mediterranean will coincide with the arrival of the two flagship vessels Costa Smeralda and the Costa Toscana strengthened. Starting next November, the Costa Smeralda will offer week-long cruises in the western Mediterranean, as well as the Costa Toscana, which should enter into service in 2021. Both vessels are operated on natural gas liquefied (LNG). Another addition to the fleet, the Costa Firenze, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy), will be deployed earlier than originally planned in Asia due to growing demand. (TI)