Catania Cruise Port is happy to give a warmly welcome to Costa Deliziosa, the first cruise ship of the present season at Catania Terminal on September 11, 2020.
The port of call will be managed following strict protocols regarding health, safety and prevention, applied both on land and on board; aimed at the protection of local communities, guests and crew members; designed with specific guidelines that are provided by the main regional, international and national regulatory bodies.
The areas inside the terminal of Catania Cruise Port have been adapted and redesigned to meet the social distancing issue, also reached through the quota of entrances. The implementation of the markings, inside and outside the terminal, allows guests to move around easily as well as remind them the main anti-contagion rules, whereas in confined spaces it is mandatory to wear a protective mask and sanitize hands at the entrance. A triage area has been set up for the management of any health emergencies during the port of call, as all the staff has been instructed through specific trainings and equipped with the necessary PPE to safely complete the various tasks.
In the group of the important worldwide Cruise Lines, Costa Crociere is the first to have chosen the resumption of the navigation starting from Italy with cruise ships dedicated exclusively to Italian guests, in order to rediscover the best of our beautiful peninsula in complete safety. The first cruise ship to have started sailing is Costa Deliziosa, which left Trieste on September 6, for a seven-night itinerary including a stop in our beautiful and beloved Catania.
With the aim of making its guests experience an unforgettable holiday in complete serenity, Costa Crociere has developed the Costa Safety Protocol, as well as has obtained the Biosafety Trust Certification from Rina as a result it carefully follows the safety instructions of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Furthermore, passengers will not be allowed to go ashore independently but only on excursions which are managed directly by the Company, for a greater protection of the places in visit of.
This first port of call managed by Catania Cruise Port in the midst of the pandemic emergency is the result of a strong collaboration between Costa Crociere, the Port System Authority of the Eastern Sicilian Sea, the Port Authority, USMAF and Catania Cruise Port, all working together to guarantee a safe restart of the cruise sector, important element of the local, national and universal economy.
Since the end of 2016, Catania Cruise Port has joined the network of Global Ports Holding (GPH), the largest independent cruise terminal operator in the world, with a consolidated presence in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific regions, including important commercial realities in Turkey and Montenegro. GPH operates 21 ports in 13 countries and continues to grow steadily, providing services for 14 million passengers and reaching every year a market share of 24% in the Mediterranean.