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Costa Magica sold and renamed
The Carnival Corporation has sold the 'Costa Magica' to the Greek ferry company Seajets, which has renamed it 'Mykonos Magic' under Bermudas flag. Following the COVID pandemic, the 'Costa Magica' was one of five ships in the Costa Cruises fleet that had still not resumed guest services. In 2021, the Carnival Cruise Line announced that the 'Costa Magica' would be transferred from the Costa to the Carnival fleet, where it would go into dry dock for a refresh and rebranding. This plan did not materialize, and the 'Costa Luminosa' replaced the ship, becoming the 'Carnival Luminosa' in November 2022. The 'Mykonos Magic' is now the largest and youngest ship in the Seajets fleet. The Greek company currently owns five cruise ships that it acquired during the pandemi, and about 20 short-distance ships that provide a ferry service through the country’s islands.
Cruise ship free to leave
On June 4 the doctor of port of Ancona, Francesco Balestra, has granted the "free medical practice" to the 'Costa Magica', consequent to the evacuation of all the people tested positive to Covid-19 on May 30. The 'Costa Magica' was therefore free to drop its moorings. A video conference was convened between all those involved in the management of the stay of the ship in the port of Ancona in which official communications from Costa Cruises were awaited regarding the possible hypothesized movement of the ship for organizational reasons.
16 more crew members tested positive for COVID-19
There were 16 more crew members of the 'Costa Magica', moored in the port of Ancona, who were tested positive on the COVID 19 virus, in addition to the initial 49. A new control swab woöö be carried out in 15 days. Of the 617 people who arrived at the port on April 28, now 431 were left on board. The next landing, scheduled for June 3, will concern 95 people of Filipino nationality, who will be repatriated by plane in the first days of June, followed by 32 other people, bound for South America. The remaining crew members will land later in accordance to the opening times of the acceptance windows from the countries of origin.Upload News