After a difficult year, MSC Cruises, the Italian-Swiss cruise company, has been at a complete standstill since the end of the year celebrations. One of the first companies that resumed tourist cruises on August 16 with a single ship departing from Genoa was able to embark more than 30,000 passengers until measures were put in place in Italy in anticipation of the Christmas holidays. year. The company hopes to be able to restart on January 24.
Patrick Pourbaix, general manager of the company for France, Belgium and Luxembourg explains: “between March 15 and July 11, 2020, no cruise ship circulated in the world, but after having set up a protocol very elaborate health, Europe was finally the first continent to offer cruises after the start of the health crisis “.
Despite a difficult winter, the Director General sees a possible improvement in the situation with the acceleration of vaccination in the world. “There are great reservations results for the summer of 2021. In addition to the trips canceled in 2020, which were postponed until next summer, we have a lot of reservations,” he says.
Thanks to the very strict health protocol, cruise ships have become safer than hotels or planes, according to Mr. Pourbaix. MSC Cruises employees as well as passengers are tested for Covid-19 before boarding and additional tests as well as daily temperature checks are carried out during cruises.