As soon as the traveller's positivity was detected, the man was isolated, like his wife who tested negative. The close contacts of the couple were traced, isolated, and tested. However, their tests turned back negative and the passengers remained onboard in isolation.
According to the MSC Cruises' protocol, any suspected cases are transferred to a ground facility in order to receive assistance. It was done Wednesday morning, February 17, when the ship made a stop in Palermo, Sicily Italy, and transferred the guest and his wife to one of the ground facilities that the cruise line had reserved.
MSC Grandiosa continued on her itinerary as scheduled.
MSC was the first to set sail after the suspension during the Christmas holidays (with Grandiosa) on January 24 out of Genoa Italy. The liner operates on week-long cruises in the Mediterranean with calls in Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples, Palermo, and Valletta Malta.
For more MSC Grandiosa accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.