Italy has allowed cruises to restart their operations from August 15, to revitalize its tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic. Italy was one of the first countries to be affected by the Covid-19 virus in the month of February and March, closing its borders to fight the initial wave of the virus.
MSC Cruises announced its return to service in the Mediterranean
MSC Cruises announced its return to service in the Mediterranean with two cruises featuring Italian ports of call. Crew members are being brought back by Costa Cruises, which operates out of Italy, to their respective ships, and also plans to return to the sea.
Permission for ocean cruises to resume has been granted by the Maritime Executive, France, French Polynesia, Germany, and Taiwan.
A 14-day moratorium is placed by Norway on cruise ships with more than 100 passengers from entering its ports as the outbreak of the virus on Hurtigruten cruise and the failure in protocols, exposing multiple communities to the virus, is being investigated.