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Costa cancels Red Sea cruises in wake of fire

Costa Cruises is temporarily suspending Red Sea cruises on one of its ships, the Costa Voyager, as it redeploys the vessel to Europe to take the place of the fire-damaged Costa Allegra.

The 927-passenger Costa Voyager is roughly the same size as the Costa Allegra, which can hold 1,000 passengers, and will begin sailing the latter vessel’s itineraries starting on March 18 through at least the fall, the line says.

Costa says it has not determined how long it will take to repair the Costa Allegra, which was damaged by an engine room fire on Feb. 27 while sailing in the Indian Ocean, but the schedule the line laid out for the Costa Voyager suggests the Costa Allegra could be out of service for an extended period.

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Costa says the Costa Voyager will sail in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from March 18 to July 1 on trips dedicated to the French market before departing on a nine-day cruise from Amsterdam to Savona on July 13. From July 23 to Aug. 20, the ship will sail one-week cruises in the Mediterranean before beginning a series of voyages of different durations in the Mediterranean for the French market on Aug. 28, the line says.

Costa says passengers booked on the canceled Red Sea trips can switch to one of a number of alternative seven-night voyages in Europe, the Caribbean or the Middle East. Alternately, they can choose not to sail and receive a full refund plus a future cruise credit worth 30% of their original cruise fare.

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