Citing uncertainty and recent global developments, Costa Cruises has announced changes to its 2022-2023 schedule in South America.
According to a local market statement, the company will no longer operate the 2021-built Costa Toscana in Brazil during the season.
Instead, the Costa Firenze will debut in the country, resuming the previously announced schedule for the LNG-powered vessel.
Citing the global evolution of the energy market, Costa said it had decided “to ensure the arrival of three ships in South America, bringing the new Costa Firenze in place of the Costa Toscana”.
The company said the LNG needed for the Toscana “could only come from international operations”.
With this change, Costa Firenze, built in 2020, is now set to offer a series of seven-night domestic cruises in Brazil.
Departing from Santos and Salvador, the program runs between December 2022 and April 2023.
Taking the title currently held by the Costa Diadema, the Firenze will become the largest ship Costa has ever operated in South America, the company has announced.
In addition to Costa Firenze, Costa’s 2022-2023 program in South America also includes Costa Favolosa and Costa Fortuna.
From December, the Favolosa will offer seven-night cruises to Argentina and Uruguay. The program runs until April and offers departures from two Brazilian ports: Santos and Itajaí.
Returning to the region after a ten-year hiatus, Costa Fortuna will also be based in Brazil. Departing from Rio de Janeiro, the ship will offer eight-night itineraries to several destinations in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
Both ships will also offer departures from Buenos Aires and Montevideo.