MSC Cruises has started a fleet-wide COVID-19 vaccination programme for all its crew members. The newly announced crew vaccination programme becomes an additional core element of the company’s industry-leading health & safety protocol.
MSC Cruises is rolling out a fleet-wide COVID-19 vaccination programme for all its crew members. This becomes an additional core element of the cruise line’s industry-leading health & safety protocol that has already supported MSC Cruises operations since its first ship returned to service in August last year.
In the initial phase, MSC Cruises will prioritise crew members on board its 10 ships earmarked for Summer 2021 cruise holidays in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, those scheduled to restart in the Caribbean out of U.S. ports as well as others that are gearing up for their restart. Crew of the flagship MSC Virtuosa will be vaccinated ahead of the ship’s maiden voyage from 20 May around the UK from Southampton.
The plan is for all MSC Cruises’ crew on board operational vessels, as well as ships preparing to restart in parts of the world the company has served traditionally, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It has been developed and will be delivered against with the support of a number of national government authorities, destinations and private sector entities.
The company’s 10 ships set to serve the Mediterranean and Northern Europe this Summer have confirmed itineraries and ports of call in Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany and the UK with plans to add France, Spain and more, as more countries open their borders and relax their international and other travel restrictions. Find out more about the options for a summer holiday at sea in Europe here.