AIDA Cruises is resuming sailings in the Mediterranean next month.

The German Carnival Corporation brand is expanding its range with departures from Civitavecchia – the port for Rome – on October 17.

The new seven-day itinerary includes Palermo and Catania in Sicily, Naples and La Spezia plus an overnight stay in Rome.

The voyages will run weekly until November 28.

AIDA’s health and safety protocols will be implemented on all cruises.

The measures include a free Covid-19 test, regular temperature measurements for guests and crew, physical distancing and increased disinfection.

The new Med cruises go on sale in Germany from September 21.

The brand was forced to delay its return of operations this month as it awaited approval from its flag state of Italy.

AIDA started limited sailings form Kiel last week.