‘As more of our fleet continues to return to service this summer and our returning and new guests look to plan their holidays on one of our ships across Europe, we felt we had to respond to the impact that the pandemic has had on many airlines,’ explained Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises.
‘As many are still not yet operating with a normal flight timetable, we wanted to give our guests from across Europe the peace of mind that they can reach their embarkation port in a seamless and safe way.’
The flights, offering more than 26,000 seats in total, will run between July and October with airlines including Iberia, Alitalia, Air France, Eurowings and Neos.
Applies to six vessels
Of the eight MSC Cruises vessels operating in Europe this summer, six will comprise a fly and cruise programme: MSC Grandiosa and MSC Seaside in the Western Mediterranean, MSC Splendida, MSC Orchestra and MSC Magnifica in the Eastern Mediterranean and MSC Seaview in Northern Europe.
Ship 'bubble' extended to include its charter flights
MSC Cruises’ health and safety protocol will subsequentlly extend to air travel; private MSC Cruises transfers will bring passengers from airport to port.
‘We have utilised the experience gained since we returned to operations last August and will work with our aviation partners to apply our industry-leading health and safety protocol to the charter flights, so that we also extend to that portion of the guest journey, the social bubble of the ship,’ continued Onorato.
MSC Cruises has worked with health insurance provider Europ Assistance to have COVID-19 protection plan in place. Priced at Euros €25 per person, it covers passengers before, during and after their cruise.