BOOK AND CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE

Putting the safety of guests and crew first with MSC’s leading Protocol

MSC Cruises is offering a safe and stress-free holiday option for you and your loved ones thanks to our stringent MSC Cruises Health & Safety Protocol. MSC Cruises health and safety measures are subject to change and will adapt according to the evolution of the pandemic.  


Before booking your cruise, please check HERE if you are allowed to embark according to your country of residence. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence.


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The exact protocols for Winter 2022/23 Red Sea & Saudia Arabia, South America and South Africa itineraries are subject to change and will adapt according to the evolution of the pandemic and local requirements. Information will be updated on a regular basis when available.

Travel Requirements by country of residence and by cruise destination

HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

FROM BOOKING ONWARDS

FROM BOOKING ONWARDS

- Contact details of all guests required to provide all necessary information and important updates ​ 
- Prepaid onboard packages available to be booked prior to the cruise to help guests to avoid queues, secure space and save money compared to onboard prices.

- Effortless web check-in to receive cruise tickets, travel documentation and health questionnaires

​AT EMBARKATION

​AT EMBARKATION

- All Guests aged 12 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 and all Guests aged 2 and older are required to submit a negative test prior to boarding. 

- Guests are required to bring proof of a negative COVID 19 test to the cruise terminal on embarkation day. Test must meet stated travel requirements by Country of residence and cruise destination (check above the Travel Requirements section) ​

- Newly designed processes with assigned arrival times and enhanced sanitation measures  
- Boarding denied to any guest showing signs of illness or in case of exposure to a case of COVID-19 (14 days prior to embarkation).Please check the travel requirements for each destination

MEASURES REQUIRED ON BOARD

MEASURES REQUIRED ON BOARD

- Regulated occupancy in public areas and venues, and pre-booking for activities and entertainment​ 
- The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement in accordance with applicable health authorities regulations of a country or port of call visited. When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding face mask usage. These protocols are subject to change.
- Calling first before queuing up at a desk for information
ELEVATED STANDARDS OF SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS​

ELEVATED STANDARDS OF SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS​

- New cleaning methods including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, electrostatic sprayers, increased cleaning frequency and a focus on high-traffic, frequently-touched areas​
- Cabins cleaned daily, with additional deep sanitation at the end of each cruise​
- 100% fresh, external air supplied to all cabins and public spaces, with no recirculation​
- Hand sanitiser dispensers available around the ship
ENHANCED MEDICAL SERVICES WITH HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF​

ENHANCED MEDICAL SERVICES WITH HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF​

- You will be fully protected by your Covid-19 insurance, should you test positive before boarding or during your cruise.

​WELL TRAINED, WELL EQUIPPED AND HEALTHY CREW

​WELL TRAINED, WELL EQUIPPED AND HEALTHY CREW

- All Crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and regularly tested. We conduct extensive screening and medical checks, in addition to daily health monitoring and temperature checks 

- Extensive screening and medical checks, including COVID-19 testing prior to embarking in addition to daily health monitoring and temperature checks​
- Comprehensive training on the new enhanced protocol and use of protective equipment​
- Crew members follow proper handwashing practices and wear protective equipment such as face masks and gloves

THE ONBOARD EXPERIENCE

​TERMINAL AND EMBARKATION

​TERMINAL AND EMBARKATION

-Guests are required to bring proof of a negative COVID 19 test to the cruise terminal on embarkation day. Test must meet stated travel requirements by Country of residence and cruise destination (check above the Travel Requirements section)

- We’ve redesigned our embarkation process with assigned arrival times indicated in the cruise ticket to minimise contact and enable responsible social distancing
- The terminal and gangway areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised according to the same high standards as onboard

​RESTAURANT, BARS & LOUNGES

​RESTAURANT, BARS & LOUNGES

For a contactless experience, you can access restaurant and bar menus from your personal mobile device by conveniently scanning a QR code.
SHORE EXCURSIONS​

SHORE EXCURSIONS​

- Our protocols are designed to make your cruise experience as enjoyable and as safe as possible. You will be free to disembark and independently visit ports of call wherever local regulations allow it.

- For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.

Frequently Asked Questions

We prepared a list of Frequent Asked Quesions (FAQ) to quickly get answers to you for the most common questions

Questions

    • What will happen if embarkation is denied to a guest for health reasons?​

      If a guest presents symptoms of illness such as temperature higher than 37.5°C / 99.5°F or there are concerns with their health questionnaire, they will undertake a secondary screening, including in-depth interview, a second temperature measurement, a medical examination and, if necessary, a laboratory examination.

      If a guest is then not considered fit to travel, they will be assisted in their next steps of a return home or will be potentially being treated in a local medical facility to ensure maximum support and care.  All guests who have purchased COVID-19 insurance will be fully protected.

    • What safety protocols will be implemented on transfers and shuttles?

      We are extending our enhanced health and hygiene measures to all MSC transfers, including:​ 

      - Cleaning and sanitisation of all vehicles before any new group of guests ​ 

      - Availability of hand sanitisation stations and disinfectant mats for footwear​ 

      - Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all drivers​ 

      - Reduced number of guests with selected seats empty to ensure social distancing

    • How are you cleaning and sanitising the guest cabins?

      According to our enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols, every guest cabin will be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, with special attention to 40 frequently-touched areas, such as door handles, power switches, control panels, remote controls, desks and bathroom surfaces.​ 

      Every cabin will be deep cleaned at the end of each cruise before the next guests arrive for their holiday.

    • How often are you sanitising public areas?

      All public areas and public restrooms will be deep cleaned and sprayed with disinfectant each night, as well as regularly sanitised throughout the day. For example, public toilets will be cleaned every 20 minutes, and all cleaning staff will wear appropriate PPE.

    • What measures are you taking for the disembarkation process at the end of a cruise?​

      To ensure that all guests are disembarked safely and efficiently, we are providing detailed, step-by-step information, allocated time slots.

    • How will the check-in take place?

      Before the cruise, the collection of contact details for each guest is mandatory in case of important updates. Proceeding to the web check-in allow guests to receive cruise tickets, travel documentation and mandatory health questionnaires. On the embarkation day, guests should arrive at the time indicated on the cruise ticket to facilitate responsible social distancing, with travel documentation, vaccination certificate (must be valid for the whole duration of the cruise), negative Covid test certificates and health questionnaires. As per our stringent MSC Health & Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo Health and COVID-19 screenings including but not limited to a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check at the terminal before boarding. A newly designed processes for embarkation has been implemented to manage the guest flow, to limit lines and contacts. Before the cruise, MSC Cruises invites all guests to download for free the MSC for Me app to start booking additional services, to secure space and to ensure a seamless onboard experience.

    • What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on board?

      The preventative health and safety steps in the protocol are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission on board. In the event that someone should fall sick, we have a fully equipped onboard 24/7 Medical Centre with highly qualified medical staff who are fully trained for COVID-19 treatment and who are supported by a 24/7 ashore medical team.

      In case of flu-like symptoms, guests should notify immediately the Medical Centre and free treatment will be provided. If the onboard medical team determines a suspected COVID-19 case, a comprehensive isolation procedure and response plan will be activated in close cooperation with the health authorities.

    • Have you agreed with specific ports that they will welcome your ships that have positive cases on board for medical assistance ashore?

      Yes. As part of our comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol, we have a contingency response plan in place with all the relevant authorities in the ports where the ships will call.

    • How the health of everyone is monitored?

      All MSC Cruises’ ships are equipped with state-of-the-art medical services and an increased number of qualified medical staff onboard, supported by dedicated 24/7 ashore Medical Team. We continuously monitor the health of our guests and crew with contactless temperature checks during the cruise; in case of flu-like symptoms, guests should immediately notify the Medical Centre and free treatment will be provided.

      For all sailings in the upcoming months, guests may need to undergo an additional swab test during the cruise whilst on board, on top of the existing pre-boarding COVID-19 testing. When required, the test is mandatory

    • Which measures are required on board?

      Guests will be reminded of social distancing guidelines at the time of booking and during their cruise through signage, public announcements, in-cabin TV and staff engagement. 


      The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement in accordance with applicable health authorities regulations of a country or port of call visited. When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding face mask usage. These protocols are subject to change

    • Will there be any changes to the bars and lounges?

      Our bars will be open and ready to serve our guests with their favourite cocktail or aperitif.

    • How I can pre-book my drinks or restaurants onboard?

      You can save time by personalising your cruise even before getting onboard. Through your Personal Area you can easily add drink packages or dining experiences to your cruise and take advantage of our pre-boarding rates.

    • How I can get the restaurant and drinks menu at bars and restaurants?

      For a contactless experience, guests will access restaurant and bar menus from their personal mobile device by scanning a QR code whilst on board. Before the cruise, MSC Cruises invites all guests to download for free the MSC for Me app to browse all the onboard restaurants, bars and lounges and to ensure a seamless onboard experience like making restaurant reservations.

    • Will guests still be able to enjoy the theatre shows and other activities? ​

      Guests will enjoy our onboard award-winning entertainment but with a few changes:

      -We are reducing the capacity of the theatre to allow for empty seats between guests
      -The entertainment programme will be extended so that all guests can enjoy our award-winning shows
      -Shows and activities will be pre-booked to manage the number of participants


      The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement in accordance with applicable health authorities regulations of a country or port of call visited

    • Will the Kids Club be open and what kind of kids’ activities will be available?

      Our Kids Club and family activities will welcome kids and parents in a healthy and safe environment while ensuring a fun and enjoyable experience.

      New measures include reduced capacity, a streamlined registration process, contactless temperature check and hand sanitiser provided upon entry. We're adding new exciting activities and family game shows that will be available for booking up to one day in advance. Toys and water will be provided by our staff, while we'll keep out personal belongings as an additional safety measure.

      Onboard services are subject to changes based on local regulations or other restrictions, in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

    • Will you still have Spa and Fitness services available to guests?

      MSC Aurea Spa and Fitness facilities and services will be available* with enhanced health and sanitation measures, extended opening hours and reduced capacity in public spaces. Onboard services are subject to changes based on local regulations or other restrictions, in the context of the COVID-19 situation.


      For their health and comfort, guests will pre-book spa treatments, fitness sessions and thermal area visits by phone. 

      Fitness machines and equipment, spa areas and treatment rooms will be thoroughly sanitised after each use as well as deep-cleaned and disinfected every night. 

      All Spa staff have been trained on rigorous health and sanitation measures and will wear appropriate protective equipment. Book Now your Spa packages!

      *Due to the increased Health & Safety measures in order to grant a safe cruise for all our guests Thermal Area experiences are by appointment only. 

    • Will guests be able to use the casino?

      The casino remains fully functional under the new protocol with added sanitation and social distancing measures in place, including frequent sanitising of chips, replacing playing cards on a regular basis and a reduced number of seats at gaming tables.

    • Will there be any restriction to visit some ports?

      Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. Guests who are travelling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently (from April 1, 2022). For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.

Covid Expert Group

The MSC Cruises Health & Safety Protocol has been developed together with the Blue Ribbon Covid Expert Group,
comprised by highly qualified and internationally respected experts in the fields of health and safety
 

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