Covid-19 cases on UK cruise vessel

Cases of suspected Covid-19 have been identified on passenger ship MSC Virtuosa (IMO 9803625), a vessel on a UK cruise.

Some passengers were understood to in isolation on board after having tested positive, or coming into close contact with those with the virus.

MSC said that increased testing had identified suspected cases, and they were an example of their protocol doing “exactly what it was designed to do.”

The first mentions began appearing on Twitter about a week ago, reporting that guests had felt ill during their cruise and, typically, tested positive as soon as they left the MSC ship. Several people tweeted that some cruisers would not agree to be tested on the cruise ship because there was a £100 fee. Many complained that there was no enforcement of the wearing of face coverings or social distancing. Others complained that not only were people ignoring the wearing of masks but that the ship was crowded.

MSC Virtuosa was delivered only in February. It entered service on May 20th with a series of three and four-night cruises from Southampton, before beginning seven-night cruises around the British Isles in mid-June.

As of September 8th the vessel was moored in Clydeport, Greenock, Scotland, scheduled to return to Southampton by September 11th.

2021-built, Malta-flagged, 181,541 gt MSC Virtuosa is owned by Vista 4 Compania Naviera SA care of manager MSC Crociere SpA of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of MSC Cruise management (UK) Ltd.