Over 200 thousand Italians handled with ten ships out of the 19 total of the operational fleet not only in the Mediterranean, but also in Northern Europe, including the United Kingdom, as well as in August in the Caribbean. These are the numbers of MSC’s summer: “We are leaving behind a very important year, while a new one full of opportunities is approaching – says the managing director of the company. Leonardo Massa -. Certainly the concerns remain, but the optimism of a progressively improving situation on a global level prevails, in the awareness of having played an important role in recent months, creating among other things a health and safety protocol that has become a true point of reference. for the entire hospitality industry “.
Therefore, plans to increase the MSC offer continue for next winter. The idea is to have the fleet almost fully operational, Mass reveals, “with our units crossing off the coast of Persian Gulf, of the Mediterraneo, from the Antilles and more generally of Caribbean, as well as we hope in South Africa and South America. We are also working on protocols to be able to increase the capacity of the ships, which to date is still at 70%. We do not think for the moment to introduce the vaccination obligation, given that our security measures, with the double buffer and constant monitoring of the health of passengers, have proven to work very well ».
And even the company’s industrial plans do not stop. In fact, the arrival of the Seascape and Europe is expected by the end of 2022 (with the latter being the largest ship ever ordered by an Old Continent cruise company). Of course, we still can’t talk about marginality, “We are continuing to invest to be the fulcrum of this restart”, Massa emphasizes, but the road has already been mapped out with the aim of returning the fleet to full operation already set for next spring. “Even if for full normality it will perhaps be necessary to wait until 2023».