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The first Carnival-owned cruise line to resume cruising in Europe since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the industry to a halt is again temporarily suspending cruises to Greece.
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Costa Cruises will pause operations of its Costa Deliziosa for seven weeks after it reaches Trieste, Italy, on Saturday, the company announced.
When the ship resumes sailing on Dec. 26, it will stick to an Italian itinerary in the Adriatic Sea and eastern Mediterranean, according to Costa.
KEY WEST VOTES TO LIMIT CRUISE SHIPS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
The change in plans was necessitated by a new nationwide coronavirus lockdown the Greek government announced Thursday. The monthlong lockdown only allows residents to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as for work, physical exercise and medical needs, and they must send a text message to authorities first, the Associated Press reported.
“Costa Cruises' highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of its guests, crew, shoreside employees, and the people and communities its ships visit – and that commitment is reflected in the decision to temporarily pause Costa Deliziosa cruise operations in Greece,” the company said in its announcement.