Costa Cruises will open up some of its new winter 2020/21 itineraries to UK and Irish nationals starting later this month.
Costa Deliziosa’s first three departures, 6, 13 and 20 September, and Costa Diadema’s first departure, 19 September, will be reserved for guests resident in Italy.
However, cruises from 27 September will be on sale to residents of another 29 countries, including the UK and Ireland.
While primarily aimed at the Italian market, Carnival’s Costa brand has broadened its market for the winter with Italy offering one of the few cruise departure points in Europe.
Costa, which resumed operations this week under strict new Covid health and safety standards, says it has redesigned its itineraries from October through to March 2021 to offer a wider range of ships.
The line said details of its new winter itineraries would be available online and from travel agents shortly, adding it was working with national governments and local authorities to "offer a safe and positive experience" for all guests.