WATCH: ‘MSC Grandiosa’ Departs From Italy on First Cruise After COVID-19 Pause

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The first guests began embarking MSC Cruises’ flagship from the port of Genoa, Italy

ABOVE VIDEO: MSC Grandiosa on Aug. 16 became the first ship from MSC Cruises’ fleet to welcome guests back and the first ship to implement the company’s health and safety protocol.

(INSIDER TRAVEL REPORT) – MSC Grandiosa on Aug. 16 became the first ship from MSC Cruises’ fleet to welcome guests back and the first ship to implement the company’s health and safety protocol.

The first guests began embarking MSC Cruises’ flagship from the port of Genoa, Italy, on Sunday morning.

Guests arrived at the cruise terminal according to their allocated time slots and followed the new universal screening procedures developed as part of the company’s own health and safety protocol, which includes a temperature check, medical review of a health questionnaire, and an antigen COVID-19 swab test for every guest prior to boarding.

After completing these steps and having received the results of the test while in the terminal, guests who were fit to travel then embarked the ship according to the new health and safety procedures, which includes sanitation of both hand and hold luggage.

All guests were given a complimentary MSC for Me wristband, which provides them with contactless options while on board, such as opening their staterooms or making payments.

These wristbands also help to facilitate proximity and contact tracing, if needed. In addition, over the past several weeks, all crew members have gone through similarly stringent health screening measures, which included three COVID-19 tests in various phases, as well as a period of isolation before commencing their duties.

Each crew member will be regularly tested and their health monitored.

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Guests arrived at the cruise terminal according to their allocated time slots and followed the new universal screening procedures developed as part of the company’s own health and safety protocol, which includes a temperature check, medical review of a health questionnaire, and an antigen COVID-19 swab test for every guest prior to boarding. (Kees Torn image)

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