Published on : Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Although under new-normal environment, Italy has resumed cruise ships, yet the authorities are very strict about following Covid-19 regulations while travelling. Recently the ship has disembarked a family of tourists from the cruise as they failed to meet the standards of the Covid safety or follow the new normal rules. The family was left behind at the Naples port, as they failed to follow the ship’s anti-Covid regulations. The cruise however left after disembarking them at the port.
The anonymous Italian family was adamant and the group too decided to venture alone and went for a day trip to the nearby island of Capri despite being told not to, MSC stated. The ship also refused to accommodate them and left then at Naples.
According to MSC, the family refused to follow the safety measures taken by the MSC Cruises so that people could enjoy sight-seeing comfortably. Now, since the family did not follow the standard norms they were not allowed to re-board the ship. The MSC Grandiosa, is part of the fleet of privately owned MSC Cruises. This Cruise was the first major cruise line to restart services along the Mediterranean after Italy’s long coronavirus lockdown.
The Cruises now will sail with 70 percent passenger capacity and also adapted a series of safety measures to reduce coronavirus risk or infection spread on the board. MSC is also looking into problems experienced by smaller cruise operators as several passengers and crew tested positive in Norway’s Hurtigruten.
Health authorities are also tensed in this situation and hence MSC is following high security protocols of national standard. They are ensuring the visiting to sites are permitted by following social distancing norms, sterilisers are used in vans and bus trips and tour guides and drivers are using masks. Thorough equipped measures to safeguard health from Covid spread has been maintained by MSC.
The global cruise industry is also planning to take small step to return to business post lockdown period. The travel had stopped for a prolonged period of time and health authorities were criticised by travel authorities for mishandling the epidemic in its early stages.