Taranto will become a new port for Costa Cruises next summer, and from June to early October, Costa Pacifica will call once a week as part of its schedule of sailings to the Greek islands. The ship will also offer embarkation/disembarkation options from an Italian port.
This was announced today during a press conference organized at the Palazzo di Citta in Taranto, attended by Rinaldo Melucci, Mayor of Taranto, Sergio Prete, President of the Ionian Sea Port System Authority and Extraordinary Commissioner of the Port of Taranto, Gianfranco Lopane, Councilor for Tourism of the Apulia Region, Raffaella Del Prete, General Manager of Italian Cruise Ports of Global Ports Holding and Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.
19 calls are scheduled for Costa Pacifica in Taranto, on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm.
In addition to Taranto, the ship will also visit Catania, Valletta (Malta), Mykonos (Greece) and Santorini (Greece), allowing guests to enjoy the best of the Greek islands, two destinations in Puglia and Sicily, two of the most famous in Italy. popular regions for international tourism, as well as the island of Malta, all in one holiday.
On this itinerary, Taranto will be both a port of embarkation and disembarkation, also reachable with a flight/cruise package, and a transit port for guests embarking at other ports, particularly Catania.
“Costa Cruises is putting Taranto on the value cruise tourism map. It is a novelty that will further contribute to the process of tourism development in the city, allowing our guests to discover a destination that is new to many, but which really has a lot to offer. In order for Taranto to become a consolidated tourist destination for cruises, cooperation with local institutions and operators, to whom I thank for their readiness so far, is essential. We must work together to guarantee the services necessary to enhance the experience that cruise guests will have in Taranto, such as reception services or organized excursions. I am sure that with everyone’s help we will achieve great results,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.