MSC Grandiosa was the first mega cruise ship to resume service this past week. The ship departed on a seven night cruise in the Mediterranean last Sunday and the cruise line said that everything ran smoothly.
The cruise stopped in cruise ports in Italy and one day in Malta. All guests who went ashore in Malta were given a mandatory COVID test. All of the test were negative showing that the cruise line’s health protocols are working.
All passengers were given a coronavirus test prior to boarding the cruise ship. MSC Cruises said that one young man test positive at embarkation this past Sunday (that’s both at the first antigen test as well as the second molecular test).
He and his traveling party were denied boarding as a result of the positive test.
This included 14 other guests who traveled with the young man in a van to the cruise port.
MSC Cruises said that everything on board the cruise went smoothly with specialty restaurants, shops, and cafes open on board.
The cruise line said that most of the shore excursions were sold out. MSC’s Protected Visits are offered by the cruise line to keep all guests safe when visiting ports.
At this time, Italy is not allowing guests to get off cruise ships and explore on their own. If a passengers wants to get off the ship, they have to book a shore excursion with the cruise line.