MSC to require UK guests to be fully vaccinated
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MSC to require UK guests to be fully vaccinated

The move comes after the government changed its policy allowing ships to sail at 50 per cent capacity, regardless of the total number of guests, if they have had both jabs. 

MSC Cruises will now require guests to be fully vaccinated for the UK coastal sailings on MSC Virtuosa this summer.

The move comes after the government changed its policy allowing ships to sail at 50 per cent capacity, regardless of the total number of guests, if they have had both jabs.

“The UK government’s decision to increase the number of guests permitted onboard round-the-UK cruise ships to up to 50 per cent of passenger capacity is to be welcomed as it provides more options for British holidaymakers,” MSC Cruises said in a statement.

“The condition of this change is that all adult guests must be fully vaccinated and our focus was on inconveniencing as few guests as possible in this rapidly changing environment. It will, however, understandably frustrate a number of our guests who had already booked their holiday with us for voyages but are not yet fully vaccinated.

“While we regret that this change to the capacity limits will disrupt their travel plans and our ability to accommodate some guests as originally planned, the capacity increase allows us to protect many more guests’ holidays which would have been otherwise affected by the recently announced delay of the easing of Covid restrictions.

“We are now contacting affected guests to offer them options for their holiday, including rescheduling, refunds and exemptions.”

Previously, ships had to sail at 50 per cent or 1,000 guests, whichever is lowest.

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