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MSC offers discounted cruises to healthcare heroes to say "thank you"

  • Cruises
  •   08-27-2020  12:02 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
MSC offers discounted cruises to healthcare heroes to say "thank you"
Pax Global Media

MSC Cruises is launching a global discounted cruise fares programme applicable to the end of 2021 for all front line and back office healthcare professionals globally, the company announced on Thursday (Aug. 27th). 

The promo comes as a way of saying "thank you" for their ongoing contribution to fight the global pandemic and "let them know that when they’re ready, they can enjoy a much-deserved holiday with their loved ones," MSC stated in a release. 

“As a family-owned company we think it’s only right and proper to find a way to express our heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each and every healthcare professional of the world – as well as their families - for their selfless and tireless dedication, professionalism and bravery in tackling the current global pandemic,' stated Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman at MSC Cruises. “To all of them: front line and back office workers; doctors; nurses; pharmacists; those who work in research laboratories; and in fact everyone who is a health worker, at all levels.ˮ

Vago added that their work and dedication has also helped to pave the way for MSC's new health and safety operating protocol, which was recently implemented successfully when its flagship MSC Grandiosa returned to welcome guests at sea in the West Mediterranean.

READ MORE: MSC Cruises welcomes back first guests on MSC Grandiosa

“For the past five months we have worked around the clock with highly qualified and internationally-respected medical experts to draw up a comprehensive healthcare and safety operating protocol to protect the wellbeing of all passengers on board our ships as well as the communities we touch in the ports we call and the tourist destinations our guests visit," stated Vago

MSC Grandiosa departed from its port in Genoa, Italy on Aug. 17th. (Supplied)

Vago said the "backbone of our protocol" is down to the new data, research into COVID-19 and improved understanding of the virus that worldwide healthcare professionals have established during the pandemic. 

"And we want to thank them for their selfless and tireless work," he stated. “We very much look forward to welcome them on board whenever they are ready for a much-deserved holiday. And we will also welcome their feedback to further improve our protocol as they will witness it first hand while on board.”

The discounted cruise fare programme for healthcare professionals and their immediate families will go on sale on August 31st and will be available for all MSC Cruises sailings of any duration through to the end of 2021. 

This includes all cruises departing up to 31 December 2021, when the booking is made by 30 April 2021.

These special per cabin fares will result in a discount of up to or exceeding 50 per cent off the regular rates and will be available to healthcare workers for booking from travel agents and MSC Cruises contact centres from August 31st. 

Additionally, the programme will include a series of on-board activities to properly recognize and celebrate these special guests and their families.

MSC resumes operations

MSC Cruises halted its operation in connection with the global pandemic in mid-March and resumed sailing on August 16th when MSC Grandiosa departed from the Italian port of Genoa for its first 7-night cruise with calls to Civitavecchia for Rome, Naples, Palermo in Sicily and Valletta in Malta, before returning to her homeport of Genoa.

The ship is now halfway through her next 7-night cruise along the same Western Mediterranean itinerary.

Every guest and crew member goes through a comprehensive medical screening before boarding the ship, which includes universal testing for all guests and crew as well as only protected ashore excursions at each port of call.

Healthcare professional can learn more about the discounted cruise fare program by visiting starting Aug. 31st. 

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