Costa Smeralda continues voyage following suspected coronavirus outbreak

Costa Cruises have confirmed that Italian health officials diagnosed the passenger on board Costa Smeralda with the common flu. 

The situation on the ship, which is docked in Civitavecchia, has been under constant control and the crew have provided the best possible assistance. Guests who were in the meantime traveling to the Terminal also found the Costa crew ready to assist them.

Thanks to the protocols that are applied on board the fleet, last night our medical team promptly identified a suspected fever case in a 54-year-old woman, just a few hours before the ship’s arrival in Civitavecchia. As soon as the case was discovered, the required precautionary procedures were immediately taken. The relevant Authorities were informed and, on arrival of the ship in the port of Civitavecchia they carried out all the checks required. 

While we appreciate the inconvenience caused, the procedures in force and our cooperation with the Health Authorities were effective in managing this situation and were intended to ensure maximum safety for all our guests, crew and the community as a whole. 

The ship will skip the port of La Spezia, scheduled for tomorrow, and will remain docked at Civitavecchia until tomorrow, and then leave at 6 pm for Savona, thus resuming its regular cruise program. Costa Cruises offers guests who should have disembarked today in Civitavecchia the opportunity to stay overnight on board, organizing their return home from tomorrow morning. Guests who wish can still disembark at their convenience. Costa has already ensured that all guests supposed to embark today in Civitavecchia will spend the night in the hotels close to the port. They will embark tomorrow instead, together with guests from La Spezia. 

Costa Cruises would like to thank Health Authorities, Coast Guard and the Ministries involved for their great support and organizational effort. 

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