MSC Cruises last month welcomed back its first guests on MSC Grandiosa, with the cruise line’s flagship departing from Genoa for a seven-night cruise through the western Mediterranean.

MSC’s comprehensive health and safety protocols have been implemented for all guests and crew members, with screening procedures including a temperature check, medical review and COVID-19 swab test for every guest prior to boarding.

MSC Grandiosa was meant to be followed by MSC Magnifica in the eastern Mediterranean in late August, but the restart has been pushed out to the end of this month, due to soft demand caused by the introduction of new testing measures for Italians who have visited Greece. All other cruises, such as United States departures, have been cancelled through to November.

MSC Managing Director Australasia Alessandro Guerreri said the cruise line had set up a cross-functional taskforce comprised of in-house experts to aid with the restart. “We engaged Aspen Medical to assist with the development, we also formed a blue-ribbon COVID expert group made up of highly qualified medical experts whose objective was to assist to review at a second level of control and to review all our initiatives to make sure they are effective and informed by the best available science and health practices,” Guerreri said.

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