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MSC Adds Health Measures to Fleet; Restricts China Travelers

MSC Opera in Cozumel (Photo: JD Schwartz)

MSC Cruises is immediately taking further precautionary measures for the health and well-being of its guests and crew on all of its global fleet according to a statement citing the coronavirus outbreak in China. 

MSC stressed that there were no cases of coronavirus onboard any of MSC Cruises’ ships but that the company is still taking additional measures; including:

  • Guests from all nationalities are required to fill out a pre-embarkation questionnaire to ensure no-one boards their ship who has travelled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days. Anyone who has travelled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days will be denied access to the ship;
  • Mandatory non-touch thermal scans conducted for all guests and crew prior to embarkation for every cruise operated by the company anywhere in the world, and persons with signs or symptoms of illness such as fever (≥38 C°/100.4 F°) or feverishness, chills, cough or difficulty breathing will be denied embarkation;
  • Elevated deep-sanitation on every ship in the line’s entire fleet;
  • Guests who may have fever symptoms will be isolated in their cabin and the same measure applies for their close contacts, including guests staying in the same cabin and family members, as well as any crew member who may have served these guests.

These measures follow previous actions that were taken last week. Guests and crew who travelled last week from mainland China were already screened for symptoms upon embarkation, and were requested to report any symptoms of illness to the onboard medical center.

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