COVID Tests Done And Temperatures Checked, 1st Mediterranean Cruise Sets Sail After Italy's Lockdown
Cruise ship passengers had their temperatures taken and underwent COVID-19 tests in order to set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy's lockdown, as per a report in AP.??
The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for both crew and passengers, a part of the new health and safety protocols. The MSC Grandiosa, which was christened in 2019, set sail from Genoa for a seven-night cruise in the western Mediterranean.?
Any one testing positive, or with a fever, or having other COVID-19 symptoms was denied boarding, the company said. Guests must wear face masks in elevators and other areas where social distancing is not possible. The crew spent time in quarantine before the start of the cruise.?
Earlier this month, the Italian government gave its approval for cruise ships to once again depart from Italy's ports but limited cruise ships to sailing with 70% capacity.?
MSC declined to say how many passengers were sailing on this cruise. Among the port calls for the Grandiosa, MSC's flagship, are Naples, Palermo, Sicily and Valletta, Malta.?
Malta is one of four Mediterranean countries that Italy now requires travelers arriving from to have COVID-19 tests.?
For now, MSC was limiting its guests to the residents of Europe's 26-nation Schengen visa free travel zone.?
MSC said every guest and crew member on board will be given a wristband that "facilitates contactless transactions around the ship as well as providing contact and proximity tracing."?
Cruise ships and the business they bring to many Italian cities during port excursions make up an important segment of Italy's vital tourism industry. An estimated 12 million cruise ship passengers arrived or departed from Italian ports last year or made port calls in Italy, according to industry figures.?