MSC Cruises will only receive fully vaccinated guests
The shipping company has announced that the measure is in force for the season of international destinations 2021/2022 in the entire fleet
MSC Cruises has announced that all guests on their entire 2021/2022 international destination season voyages across the fleet must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and also be tested for COVID-19 prior to their scheduled boarding date. .
The measures have already been applied to all the company's international destination season trips in other regions and new requirements have now been added to Mediterranean travel, including guests booked on the MSC Grandiosa and MSC Fantasia. .
Guests who plan to board any of their 2 ships operating in the Mediterranean that start their trip from December 4 will also need to be fully vaccinated. Guests are considered vaccinated if they have received the full set of COVID-19 vaccines more than 14 days before the start of their vacation at sea. Additionally, all guests will need to be tested for COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to the ship's departure time.
The measures apply to all guests aged 12 and over and are in addition to existing health and safety regulations, first introduced by MSC Cruises in the summer of 2020 and which today constitute the industry-leading protocol. These include an additional COVID-19 test on boarding, as well as other measures during navigation, all designed to offer all guests and crew the highest level of protection, health and safety.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, commented: "Our health and safety protocol has been an industry leader not only because we were the first major cruise company to resume international operations, but also because of its flexibility to adapt to developments. of the pandemic. "
"This approach has reassured our guests, our crew and the communities in the destinations we visit with our ships, and we have seen during the past European winter, with our sailings to the Mediterranean, that even during a new peak of the pandemic on land we were able to adequately adapt our health and safety measures and continue to offer the highest level of protection to our guests and crew. "
He added: "This is the case once again, as some European countries are seeing an increase in infection rates on land and, to ensure the well-being of those on board our ships and in the communities that As we get dressed, our approach again proves that health and safety is our number one priority. "
The new measures will apply to MSC Grandiosa and MSC Fantasia and their European winter sailings in the Mediterranean this season, in conjunction with the line's other ships operating in Northern Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and the Middle East.
Guests under the age of 12, unable to get vaccinated, will continue to be welcome on board with current arrangements.