Cruises have been off-limits to Britons since earlier this year thanks to the crippling impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against cruise ship travel. But Italy has now revealed that it will be lifting its ban on cruise ships this month.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late on Friday that the country would be reopening to cruise ships on August 15.
The move is likely to boost Italy’s tourism industry.
Earlier in the year, the country was hit particularly badly by the coronavirus pandemic.
But in recent months, Italy has witnessed a dramatic recovery.
At the time of writing, the country has had over 250,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths.
The welcome move has come despite cruise ships across the world still experiencing outbreaks of the virus onboard.
Cruise line Costa Cruises reported three of members of its crew members having tested positive for coronavirus, in the latest cruise news.
The Costa Favolosa and the Costa Deliziosa were the two vessels affected.
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Both had been moored for some time and only staff were onboard, local media reported.
Costa is expecting to restart sailing shortly after August 15.
The cruise line said: “The global health situation requires unprecedented actions to ensure health protection worldwide.
“We have decided to further suspend the activities of our ships until August 15, 2020 and to cancel cruises in Northern Europe.
“We want to cruise again with you and we will do it as soon as the emergency ends.”
The cruise line is planning to have stop off in Greece which has also reopened its ports to cruise ships.
However, only countries from an approved list of countries will be allowed to disembark from the cruise ship.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) extended its no-sail order for cruise ships until October 1.
They extended the ban on cruises in July.
The original order was issued on March 14.
Cruise rules in the UK are still stringent with the Foreign Office (FCO) “advising against cruise ship travel at this time”.
They continued: “This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.”
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