Cruise ship passengers had their temperatures tested and took Sunday COVID-19 tests so they could set sail as the first Mediterranean cruise since the pandemic lockdown in Italy. The cruise ship operator MSC has made the procedures a part of its existing health and safety policies for both crew and passengers. The MSC Grandiosa, which was christened last year, set sail for a seven-night cruise in the western Mediterranean from northern Italian port of Genoa on Sunday evening.
Every positive or fever check or other signs of COVID-19 is refused boarding, the company said. In elevators and other areas where social distancing is not possible, the guest must wear face masks. Before the cruise commenced, the crew spent time in quarantine. Earlier this month, the Italian government allowed cruise ships to depart again from Italy’s ports but limited cruise ships to sailing with a capacity of 70 per cent.
MSC said a wristband would be provided to every guest and crew member on board that “facilitates contactless transactions across the ship as well as providing contact and proximity tracing.” Cruise ships and the company they bring during harbor excursions to many Italian cities make up an important segment of Italy’s vital tourism industry. An estimated 12 million cruise ship passengers either arrived or departed last year from Italian ports or made port calls in Italy, according to industry data.