MSC to resume sailings in mid-August

Two ships to operate Mediterranean voyages for Schengen countries

MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica are set to recommence operations in the Mediterranean on 16 and 29 August 2020 respectively, offering citizens of Schengen countries the opportunity to discover five destinations during a seven-night voyage.

The two MSC Cruises ships will be the first to implement new health and safety protocol that has been approved by the relevant national authorities from the countries that the ships will call along their East and West Mediterranean itineraries this summer.

“During the pause in our operations we focused on developing a comprehensive operating protocol that builds upon already stringent health and safety measures that have long been in place onboard our ships,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman.

“We have worked closely with the relevant EU-level, national health and other authorities from the countries that MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica will call along their Mediterranean itineraries to develop a comprehensive set of procedures designed to protect the health and safety of all passengers onboard our ships as well as ashore to ensure that local communities feel comfortable welcoming our guests.”

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In a nutshell, all guests and crew will be tested for COVID-19 using a verified European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Guidance, protected shore visits and a COVID Protection Plan. (For full details of MSC Cruises’ new Health and Safety Protocols, click here.)

MSC Grandiosa will offer seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean calling at the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Palermo and Valetta.

MSC Magnifica will offer seven-night cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean departing from the Italian ports of Bari and Trieste, calling at the Greek ports of Corfu, Katakolon and Piraeus (Athens).

The initial reboot phase of operations in the Mediterranean for the current European summer season will initially only welcome guests who are residents in Schengen countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.

MSC Cruises has cancelled all other cruises in the Mediterranean from 16 August through to and including 31 October. Far East cruises from 10 September through to and including 26 October have also been cancelled.

For all cancelled cruises guests will receive a 125% Future Cruise Credit.

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