MSC Cruises on Friday announced the restart of its sea cruises in the Mediterranean from August 22, with the operation of two out of its 17 sea cruise vessels, adding three Greek ports to the schedule.
MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica will begin seven-day cruises in West and East Mediterranean, with MSC Magnifica scheduled to visit five ports, of which three in Greece (Corfu, Katakolo, and Piraeus), evidence that Greece is a major destination for the industry.
Greece was the first country to reopen its ports and adopt health and safety protocols, which MSC Cruises integrates with its own protocols.
Kyriakos Anastasiadis, CEO of institutional and Sea Affairs in MSC Cruises, told ANA-MPA that the preparation of the company to restart sea cruises began in early May.
MSC Magnifica has cabin capacity for 3,200 passengers, although capacity will range between 65-70 percent because of the Covid-19 health protocols. Cruises will depart from Bari, Italy, visiting Corfu, Katakolo, Piraeus, Trieste, and back to Bari.
The seven-day cruise will run on a weekly basis until the end of October.