MSC announced the first cruise ship to enter the port of Gruž this year. Under the command of Captain Ciro Pinta, the first MSC cruise ship of this year, the MSC Orchestra, sailed into the Dubrovnik port of Gruž a few days ago.
This Musica class ship will continue to sail every Friday until the end of the season scheduled for the 22nd of October and thus achieve a total of 20 moorings in the port of Dubrovnik. The ship will be joined on Monday by MSC Splendida, a Fantasia-class ship for which this will be her first visit to Dubrovnik and will sail to Split on Friday. MSC Splendida will make a total of 16 moorings in Dubrovnik, with the last arrival planned for September 27th, 2021.
Guests onboard will be able to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday under the protection of a leading health and safety protocol developed last year in partnership with international health professionals including MSC Cruises’ COVID-19 Blue-Ribbon Expert Group and in close cooperation with relevant national and regional health, transport and safety authorities across Europe.
MSC Cruises is the first major company in the cruise industry to resume international navigation in August 2020 when the fleet’s flagship, MSC Grandios, set sail from Genoa on a 7-night Mediterranean cruise. The company has since hosted thousands of guests on a safe and relaxing holiday at sea.
Health and safety protocol measures include universal testing before boarding and mid-cruise, crew testing once a week, applying social distancing measures, wearing face masks in common areas and leaving the ship only as part of sheltered excursions to maintain the ship’s “safety bubble”.
MSC Cruises also launched a crew vaccination program in May to provide an additional level of protection.