Coronavirus: MSC Opera passengers ordered to stay on the ship in Greece

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Passengers on MSC Opera were ordered to stay on board on Wednesday after an Austrian passenger from a previous cruise tested positive for coronavirus.

Austrian health authorities informed the line of the test results of the passenger who cruised in the eastern Mediterranean from February 17 to 28 on the 2,142-passenger ship.

MSC told passengers to remain on the vessel after requesting guidance from Greek health authorities.

The line has confirmed no passengers or crew members on the ship have any flu-like symptoms.

The Austrian passenger returned directly to Austria through northern Italy on February 28 after disembarking in Genoa.

A spokesperson for MSC said: “The Greek health authorities gave MSC Opera permission around 13:00 CET to sail from Piraeus, Greece, and continue its journey to its next scheduled port in Corfu, Greece.

“No additional health measures were required to be taken and the ship is currently sailing as planned.

“There are no passengers or crew members currently onboard the ship who have reported any flu-like symptoms.”

The spokesperson also added: “The health and safety of our passengers and crew will always remain our top priority.”

Last week MSC Meraviglia was denied entry to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and George Town, Grand Cayman Island, over fears a crew member had coronavirus even though tests had shown they had Type A influenza.

The ship later was finally allowed to dock in Cozumel, Mexico and the line issued an apology to passengers for the missed ports of call.

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MSC Cruises bans visitors to quarantined Italian towns from boarding its ships

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MSC Cruises has banned anyone who has travelled to, from or through any areas of Italy quarantined because of coronavirus in the last 14 days from boarding its ships.

Passengers and crew embarking and disembarking at ports of call will be “frequently checked by thermal cameras for fever symptoms”.

Sailings onboard MSC Grandiosa and MSC Opera, the line’s two ships in the Mediterranean, are going ahead as planned and the company stressed that the majority of its fleet is currently in South America and the Caribbean.

In a statement, MSC said it has “further enhanced our precautionary health measures for all guests and all crew who are due to travel on any of our cruises to ensure the health and well-being of everyone on board every one of our ships”

The quarantined areas in Italy are: Casalpusterlengo, Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano and Vò.

An MSC spokesperson added: “None of the ports visited by any of our ships in Italy nor any of the related excursion destinations is anywhere near these municipalities or neighbouring territories.”

The restrictions are in addition to those on people who have travelled from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.

“Everyone’s health and safety on our ships is our top priority and we have had no cases of coronavirus on board any of our ships,” the spokesperson added.