On the 20th of April, MSC Magnifica arrived in Marseille, the final port of call of her 2020 World Cruise itinerary.
When the ship commenced its World Cruise adventure last January, the world was a very different place. The now omnipresent global pandemic COVID-19 didn’t have a name yet and nobody on board, neither guests nor crew, would have imagined how much it would condition their upcoming voyage.
Despite the disruption that the cruise suffered due to the shutting of many ports that were part of the original itinerary, the 1,769 guests who remained on board as well as the 927 crew members have arrived safe and sound in Europe after 106 days of navigation.
The last date that MSC Magnifica allowed any new embarkation of guests or crew was on 10 March in Wellington, New Zealand, more than 40 days ago. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization, are between one and 14 days, with five days being the global average. All guests and crew during the past 40 days remained healthy and displayed no flu-like symptoms.
MSC Magnifica since Wellington called the Australian ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle for refuelling and provisions, as well as Colombo in Sri Lanka, en route to France. No new embarkations were allowed at any of these ports, expressly to protect the health and wellbeing of all passengers and crew and to insulate them from the ashore spread of COVID-19.
MSC has provided onward travel from Marseille for all guests through a variety of means, including road – with coaches -, rail and air. They have also chartered aircraft where no schedule air service currently operates due to many commercial airlines grounding their aircraft as a result of the global pandemic.
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