We’ve seen some breaking news online and now it’s appearing in certain countries! MSC CRUISES ARE BACK!!
MSC GRANDIOSA will start sailing on the 16th August for 7 night cruises from Genoa. These will visit Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo and Valletta
MSC MAGNIFICA will start sailing on the 22nd August for 7 night cruises from Bari or Trieste. These will visit Corfu, Katakolon and Piraeus
ALL OTHER MSC CRUISES UP TO 30TH SEPTEMBER ARE SUSPENDED!
Now depending on your view the good or bad news is that Irish / UK guests are not currently allowed to board as these cruises are open to Schengen countries only!! Guests in these countries with existing Med bookings are being given the option to switch to one of these cruises instead with perks for doing so!
Some of the early reveals about these cruises are:
🔹 You MUST take MSC Cruises only excursions but you’ll receive some for joining and you can buy 3 more for €100! You’ll only be able to disembark on Covid safe MSC excursions!
🔹 All guests and crew will be tested prior to embarkation. Guests will undergo a swab test, a temperature check and an in person check of health questionnaire with further medical checks if needed!
🔹 Covid Insurance is required - MSC can provide for €18pp
🔹 MSC states that they have worked with “the relevant EU-Level, national health and other authorities that Grandiosa and Magnifica will call along their Mediterranean itineraries to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all passengers on board our ships as well as ensure that local communities as ports of call and ashore destinations feel comfortable welcoming our guests”
🔹 A contactless experience - all guests will receive a free MSC for ME wristband in order to to move around the ship in a contactless manner which will also help with contact tracing.
🔹 Elsewhere social distancing will take place, less crowds with activities taking place in smaller groups and pre booking is required. Buffets will be assisted serving whereas at Restaurants drinks and meals will be served to you at tables
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts!!
WELCOME BACK MSC CRUISES!!!
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