MSC Grandiosa, MSC Cruises’ flagship, departed Sunday night (Jan. 24) from the port of Genoa in Italy to resume as planned regular seven-night cruises in the Mediterranean after a short pause of operations during the holiday period.
The ship had temporarily suspended her sailing as a result of the Italian decree that restricted movement within the country.
MSC Grandiosa first welcomed guests back on board in August 2020 and feedback from the more than 30,000 guests who have sailed so far on board has been extremely positive, so much so that some guests have been choosing to extend their stay on board by one or more weeks.
All eyes on health & safety
Prior to embarkation, all guests pass through a series of health checks, including COVID-19 testing for all guests and crew.
The health and safety measures also include a dedicated response plan that can be activated in collaboration with the authorities.
MSC Cruises' health and safety protocol has been designed to respond to the situation ashore even while it evolves and since November last year, some of the measures were enhanced including the introduction of mid-cruise testing for guests and weekly testing for crew as well as further enhanced hygiene and sanitation measures.
Guest technology has been leveraged to facilitate onboard contact tracing.
To preserve a safe bubble on board the ship, guests only go ashore as part of protected shore excursions so that guests can be protected even while ashore by measures similar to those on board.
All activities on board have been adapted to meet current health and safety measures, whilst still allowing to guests to have a memorable and rich experience.
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