MSC CRUISES’ MSC MAGNIFICA SETS SAIL WITH 10-NIGHT CRUISE VACATIONS IN THE WEST AND EAST MEDITERRANEAN
Geneva, Switzerland, October 20, 2020
- Stunning itinerary on one of MSC Cruises’ most charming ships visiting destinations at six historic and beautiful European gems in Italy, Malta and Greece
- MSC Cruises’ second ship restarts operations with implementation of rigorous health and safety protocol following safe and effective restart of MSC Grandiosa in August
– MSC Magnifica
departed Genoa, Italy yesterday and became the second MSC Cruises’ ship to welcome guests back on board since Europe’s leading cruise line restarted operations in August.
The ship has commenced a stunning 10-night voyage of relaxation and discovery in the West and East Mediterranean Sea with planned calls at the port of Livorno for visits to Florence and Pisa, Messina in Sicily, Piraeus for Athens, Katakolon for Olympia, Valletta in Malta, and Civitavecchia for Rome, before returning to Genoa. MSC Magnifica
will operate six enriched, long Mediterranean cruises before the end of the year, including a special 8-night Christmas voyage that will depart Genoa on December 18, 2020.
This is the second ship to implement MSC Cruises’ comprehensive health and safety protocol, that has been endorsed by external medical experts and formally approved by the relevant national and regional authorities. The comprehensive safety-first measures designed to protect the wellbeing of guests, crew and communities visited were first implemented in August when MSC Grandiosa
became the world’s first major cruise vessel to return to service. The Company’s flagship has now completed nine 7-night voyages and positively demonstrated the protocol’s effectiveness. The measures include protected “social bubble” ashore visits, allowing guests to also enjoy destinations at each port of call.
The MSC Cruises health and safety protocol includes universal health screening of everyone – guests and crew – which includes tests for COVID-19 before they can board a ship; elevated sanitation and cleaning measures throughout the vessel; managed social distancing; wearing of face masks in public areas; and technology to aid track and trace on board. In this initial phase, the ship’s capacity has also been reduced to 70 percent to ensure social distancing can be guaranteed on board.
For this initial phase of the restart of operations in the Mediterranean, MSC Grandiosa
and MSC Magnifica
are currently welcoming guests who are residents in Schengen
For more information about MSC Cruises’ new health and safety measures, visit here
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