With reference to the Costa Allegra incident on 27 February, Costa Cruises would like to confirm that inspections and technical evaluations to ascertain the cause of the fire are underway. It is not currently possible to assess how long it will take to repair the ship and consequently restore planned cruises.
Costa Crociere has decided to replace Costa Allegra with Costa Voyager (24,400 gross tonnage, 927 total guests), starting from 18 March. The new ship entered service in 2000, was renovated in November 2011 and offers 416 cabins, three restaurants, four bars, a spa with fitness center, solarium, swimming-pool, two Jacuzzis, theatre, casino, disco and shopping centre.
Costa Voyager will take over the following itineraries originally planned for Costa Allegra; from 18 March to 1 July, the ship will offer various itineraries in the Mediterranean sea and Northern Europe; on 13 July the ship will offer a 9-day cruise from Amsterdam to Savona; from 23 July to 20 August the ship will undertake one-week cruises in the Mediterranean sea calling at Barcelona, Villefranche, Livorno, Capri, Malta, Cagliari and Minorca; and starting from 28 August, Costa Voyager will again be operating cruises of varying durations in the Mediterranean sea.
The ‘Corals and ancient treasures’ cruise in the Red Sea currently being offered by Costa Voyager will be temporarily suspended and guests who have booked this itinerary will be re-housed on equivalent cruises.
Among the offered options are:
- seven days in the UAE on the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ cruise with Costa Favolosa, departing from Dubai with calls in Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Khasab (Oman) and Dubai.
- seven days in the Caribbean on the ‘Pearls of the Caribbean’ cruise with Costa Luminosa, boarding from Guadeloupe and calling at the islands of Martinica (Antilles), St. Maarten (Antilles), La Romana (Dominican Republic), Catalina Island (Dominican Republic), Tortola (British Virgin Islands ) and Antigua (Antilles).
- all the seven-day itineraries in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean with Costa Classica, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Magica, Costa Serena, Costa neoRomantica and Costa Atlantica.
Alternatively, guests will be allowed to cancel their cruise without penalty and will receive a full refund. A voucher of the value equal to 30% of the rate paid will also be offered and can be used to purchase a future cruise.