MSC Virtuosa accidents and incidents

MSC Virtuosa cruise ship


Length (LOA)
331 m / 1086 ft

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CruiseMapper's MSC Virtuosa cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 6334-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Virtuosa accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • Coronavirus - 2021 (165)
  07 September 2021Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) On September 7, 2021, several major British media reported a COVID outbreak on Virtuosa, with multiple cases (speculations were for ~100 infected/later confirmed 165) after the ship returned back to homeport Liverpool (England UK). The 7-day roundtrip Liverpool itinerary visited Greenock (Scotland) and Southampton (London).

Many passengers were quarantined to their cabins after having tested COVID-positive or being identified as close contacts to the infected. Reportedly, many of the infected were elderly (over-70s).

On Twitter, former passengers reported getting ill during their voyage and testing positive after debarkation. Some tweeted about other passengers refusing onboard testing to avoid the GBP 100 (~EUR 116 / ~USD 138) fee. Many tweeted about a lack of enforcement for social distancing and masks/face coverings. Some complained about the cruise ship being crowded.

MSC's official statement said that due to the current rise of COVID cases in the UK, it has further strengthened its Health & Safety Protocol on the Virtuosa ship, including additional testing (of both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers and crew) during pre-boarding (at Liverpool Cruise Terminal) and onboard.

The 2021-built MSC Virtuosa started commercial operations on May 20th (2021) with 3-4-night roundtrips from Southampton, followed (in June) by 7-night British Isles itineraries. All these voyages were for UK nationals only.

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