Costa Cruises says it plans to resume sailings again next month.

The Italian line’s 6,600-passenger ship Costa Smeralda is scheduled to restart on March 27, initially offering week-long cruises.

All ports of call on the initial sailings will be in Italy; Savona, La Spezia,  Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Messina and Cagliari.

From May 1, Costa Smeralda (pictured) is scheduled to return to sailing in the western Mediterranean with visits to Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca as part of week-long itineraries.

Costa Luminosa is due to come back into service on May 2, offering seven-day cruises in Greece and Croatia.

All other cruises have been cancelled until the end of May. Agents affected by the changes are being informed by the cruise line.

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Local authorities are continuing to work with Costa Cruises ahead of the proposed restart dates, the line said.

It has put together a raft of safety measures as part of the Costa Safety Protocol. They include limited capacity, swab tests for all guests and crew, temperature checks when disembarking and re-embarking the ship and social distancing on board.