MSC Cruises on 8 August will implement a new wellbeing protocol for its passengers sailing from U.S. ports of embarkation following a change of health and safety requirements set by the USA’s national public health agency, the CDC.
The line currently has two ships based in the state of Florida, USA; MSC Seashore in Miami and MSC Divina in Port Canaveral.
The two new changes are that children unvaccinated for COVID-19 aged two years and older will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of embarkation and fully vaccinated passengers sailing six nights or longer from U.S. ports must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test undertaken within three days of embarkation.
Fully vaccinated passengers sailing five nights or less from U.S. ports are recommended to have tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of embarkation, but this is not a stipulation for boarding.
MSC Cruises’ current vaccination requirements will remain in place for sailings from Miami and Port Canaveral until 8 August. The current rules are that all guests who are 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
MSC Cruises’ industry-leading protocol, first introduced two years ago in August 2020, is subject to the requirements of any destinations on its two ships’ itineraries from U.S. ports.
MSC Cruises was nominated as World’s Leading Cruise Line 2021 by World Travel Awards.