November 25, 2021 | Cruises with MSC Cruises are now only possible for vaccinated guests on all ships
- The shipping company is also extending the requirements to its ships in the Mediterranean
- On all winter cruises from MSC Cruises guests must now be fully vaccinated and undergo a COVID-19 test before embarkation
- The tightened measures are part of the industry-leading health and safety protocol from MSC Cruises, which is continuously adapted to the development of the pandemic and ensures the highest level of protection
MSC Cruises announced today that all guests on the winter cruises for the 2021/22 season will now have a show complete COVID-19 vaccination and also have to undergo a COVID-19 test before embarkation.
These measures already applied to all of the shipping company's trips to other regions. Cruises in the Mediterranean are now being added so that the new requirements also apply to guests who are booked on the MSC Grandiosa and the MSC Fantasia.
Guests embarking on a cruise with MSC in the Mediterranean Sea on or after December 4th must show full vaccination protection. Fully vaccinated is anyone who has received two doses of an approved COVID-14 vaccine up to 19 days before their vacation. In addition, is a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented, which must not be older than 72 hours upon departure.
The measures apply for all guests from the age of twelve and are in addition to the existing health and safety regulations that MSC Cruises first introduced in the summer of 2020 and which today represent the shipping company's industry-leading protocol. This includes an additional COVID-19 test upon embarkation as well as other measures during the voyage, which are intended to offer all guests and crew the highest level of protection for their health and safety.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said:
"Our health and safety protocol leads the industry not only because we were the first major cruise line to resume operations internationally, but also because of its flexibility to adapt to the development of the pandemic on land.
This approach gives security to our guests, our crew and the destinations we visit with our ships. We saw during our cruises in the Mediterranean last winter that even during a new peak of the pandemic on land, we were able to adapt our health and safety measures accordingly and continue to offer our guests and crew the highest level of protection.
This is the case again now, where we are observing an increase in the number of infections on land in some European countries. In order to ensure the well-being of the people on board our ships and in the places they call at, our approach shows once again that health and safety are our top priority."
The new measures now also apply to the MSC Grandiosa and MSC Fantasia and their winter departures in the Mediterranean this season as well as to the shipping company's other ships that are used in Northern Europe, North America, the Caribbean, the Antilles, South America, South Africa and the Middle East . All guests who are not fully vaccinated by the departure date can either postpone their vacation to a later date or request a refund.
Guests under the age of twelve who cannot be vaccinated are still welcome on board as part of the current measures.
For more information on the new measures and their application, guests can contact their travel advisor or visit the MSC website.
The MSC Grandiosa is operated by Barcelona, Spain, from 7-night trips to Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Leaving Palermo and Valetta before returning to her Spanish homeport.
Visited the route of the MSC Fantasia Genoa, La Spezia, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseille.