MSC to restart cruise operations in August with 2 ships
July 31, 2020

After five months of pause due to the extraordinary circumstances the world is still facing in connection with the COVID-19 virus, MSC Cruises is ready to resume operations in the Mediterranean Sea starting from mid-August with two cruise ships.

MSC will contact the existing bookins from August 1 to September 30 to offer the new itineraries. For this initial phase of the restart of operations, the two MSC Cruises ships operating in the Mediterranean for the current summer season will initially only welcome guests who are residents in Schengen countries . Additionally, their itineraries have been designed according to the accessibility of the ports, reducing where possible, the need for guests to use of public transport or flights and have been planned in conjunction with the authorities.


From August 16 MSC Grandiosa will offer 7-night cruises from Genoa visiting Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo in Italy and Valletta in Malta.
MSC Bellissima


From August 29 MSC Magnifica will perform 7-night itineraries from Bari and Trieste, Italy calling at Corfu, Katakolon, Piraeus in Greece.

Health & Safety Measures

Over the past months since temporarily halting its cruise operation in connection with the development of the global health pandemic ashore, MSC Cruises has been hard at work to develop a new health and safety operating protocol to support its return to service once the time is right.

New operating procedures are designed to meet and exceed guidelines provided by national and international health authorities like the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and will be put into place both before and after boarding the ship. Among the measures:

  • Health screening for all guests, including a mandatory health questionnaire (sent in the cruise ticket), a contactless temperature check and COVID-19 screening by rapid test.
  • New sanitation methods including electrostatic sprayers to kill bacteria and viruses and use of hospital-grade disinfectant products.
  • Daily contactless temperature check for all guests during the cruise using a bracelet.
  • Masks will be required when social distancing can’t be respected.
  • Newly designed activities with smaller group sizes will be introduced with themed events, fun games, kids and family activities, talent shows, fitness, dance and more.
  • Service will be adapted to respect social distancing: all meals and drinks will be served to guests at their table. At the buffet restaurant, self-service will be temporarily unavailable and the food will be plated and served to guests.
  • Based on the current regulations, all guests will be required to get MSC excursions to get ashore.

All Health & Safety Measures are available here

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