Carnival Corporation’s Aida Cruises will resume sailings in Italy with seven-day itineraries starting on Saturday (October 17).

The Germany-based cruise line will be the second Carnival Corporation cruise line to resume cruising, following the restart of Italy-based Costa Cruises in September.

The resumption of sailing is part of a gradual approach by Carnival Corporation, with limited itineraries and enhanced health protocols.

Aida Cruises will initially resume with Aidablu (pictured), scheduled to depart from Civitavecchia near Rome on seven-day itineraries, visiting Palermo and Catania in Sicily, Naples and La Spezia. Voyages will be offered weekly until November 28.

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Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, said: “We are excited to have Aida joining Costa Cruises in resuming sailing operations with a gradual expansion of service over time.

“As we offer travellers a phased return to cruise vacations, we will continue sharing important learnings and best practices among our world-leading cruise line brands and across the industry to help ensure the resumption of cruise operations is done with the best interests of public health at the forefront.”

Negative results for Covid-19 are required before boarding, and there are regular temperature and health checks for guests and crew, plus physical distancing, face coverings, capacity controls and increased sanitisation.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced it will resume cruise operations to Grand Bahama Island on December 18, onboard Grand Classica.

It had originally planned to operate with Grand Celebration but said Grand Classica features larger deck space and nearly 100 fewer staterooms.