Costa Cruises cancels Christmas, New Year’s cruises in ‘further economic sacrifice’ amid COVID-19

Costa Cruises, the Italian line that is a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., will not be setting sail this Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

According a press release provided to USA TODAY, the cruise line will suspend its activities from Dec. 20 through Jan. 6, in compliance with efforts of the Italian government to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The cancellation of Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruises, among the most popular of the year, therefore represents a further economic sacrifice for Costa Cruises and the entire industry, in a period that was already very difficult,” reads the release.

Costa Cruises plans to resume sailing with its Costa Smeralda ship on Jan. 7, 2021.

Prior to the announcement, Costa Cruises had required passengers to test negative for COVID-19, with all passengers subject to an antigen test before embarking.

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