Further sailings of cruise ship MSC Magnifica (IMO 9803613) will be temporarily halted, MSC Cruises announced on November 5th. The company said that the move had been taken as a result of the prevailing pandemic situation in France and Germany, where significant travel restrictions had become necessary for holidaymakers from those countries.
MSC Grandiosa will continue and extend its current sailings until next year. The ship will operate its current seven-night voyages in the Western Mediterranean, which includes stop-offs at Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo in Italy, plus Valetta in Malta, running through to March 27th 2021.
MSC Grandiosa will also now apply the newly activated measures under MSC Cruises’ existing and comprehensive operational health and safety protocol. These include:
- Additional onboard test for all guests mid-cruise (in addition to the existing universal pre-boarding test for all guests).
- The number of tests of all crew members during their time on board will be increased from twice a month to weekly (in addition to a pre-embarkation test for all crew members and other ongoing health monitoring measures).
- Sanitary facilities on board are being cleaned more often, especially public areas and frequently touched contact points.
- Tightening of the definition of close contact for investigative purposes, this will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.