Published on : Wednesday, April 22, 2020
MSC Magnifica, the last cruise ship on sea finally returned home and disembarked more than 1,700 passengers following the ship’s berth yesterday in Marseille. According to reports, the ship’s arrival with 1,769 passengers onboard also marks a fleet-wide temporary halt to all MSC Cruises’ ships.
MSC has provided onward travel from Marseille for all passengers through a variety of means including road, with coaches, rail, and air. Neither any of the passengers on-board in the ship nor the 927 crew displayed any symptoms of the COVID-19 disease as informed by the cruise lines.
MSC Magnifica embarked on the last set of passengers and crew on March 10 from Wellington, New Zealand, which is more than 40 days ago. According to the Health Organization, most estimates of the incubation period for coronavirus disease range somewhere between 1 and 14 days, with five days being the global average.
Passengers and crew on-board the ship during the past 40 days remained healthy and displayed no flu-like symptoms. Therefore, it can be safely said for now that the presence of any positive COVID-19 cases in the cruise is highly unlikely.
Since Wellington, the MSC Magnifica called on the Australian ports of Sydney, Melbourne, and Fremantle for refueling and provisions, as well as Colombo in Sri Lanka, en route to France. In addition, the company also chartered aircraft as necessary to get guests home.