Costa Pacifica to Homeport in Taranto for 2023 Summer Season

Oct 31, 2022

Costa Cruises announced that the cruise ship Costa Pacifica will homeport in Taranto starting June 3 to October 7 2023 offering seven-night voyages, to the Greek islands.

The announcement was made during a press conference organised at the Palazzo di Città in Taranto, attended by Rinaldo Melucci, Mayor of Taranto, Sergio Prete, President of the Ionian Sea Port System Authority and the Commissioner of the Port of Taranto, Gianfranco Lopane, and Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

19 calls are scheduled for Costa Pacifica in Taranto, on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to Taranto, the ship will also visit Catania, Valletta (Malta), Mykonos (Greece), and Santorini (Greece), allowing guests to enjoy the best of the Greek islands, two wonderful destinations in Puglia and Sicily, two of Italy's most popular regions for international tourism, as well as the island of Malta, all in a single holiday. 

In this itinerary, Taranto will be both port of embarkation and disembarkation, which can also be reached with the "flight+cruise" package, and port of transit for guests embarking in other ports, particularly Catania. Thousands of Italian and foreign cruise guests arriving in Taranto will be able to visit the city

and the area independently, as well as by choosing from the wide range of organised excursions. The tour project in Taranto is focusing on visiting the historic centre, the Cathedral, the Aragonese Castle and the MarTa archaeological museum, while visits to major provincial and regional destinations are planned in the area, as well as a catamaran tour of the Gulf of Taranto.

"Costa Cruises includes Taranto on the map of the cruise tourism. It is a novelty that will make a further contribution to the city's tourism development process, allowing our guests to discover a destination that is new to many, but which really has a lot to offer. We must work together to guarantee the services necessary to enhance the experience cruise guests will have in Taranto, such as reception services or organised excursions. I am certain that with everyone's help we will achieve great results” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

"The arrival of Costa Cruises," - said Mayor Melucci - "in addition to being excellent news for the city's entire hospitality system, confirms what we have been advocating for some time now: Taranto is growing as a tourist destination, consolidating its appeal. The rotation of operators is a symptom of the market's

attention to a destination that still has room to express its potential. We will always offer maximum cooperation to anyone who believes in the rebirth of our city, and we found the same harmony with Costa that we had already found with other players in the sector.”