Putting The Health And Safety Of Our Guests And Crew First
(For Cruises Departing From U.S. Ports)
MSC Cruises’ top priority continues to be the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities that our ships visit.
Our industry-leading health and safety protocols were first introduced in summer 2020 and demonstrated our unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of our guests and crew and have since set the standard in the travel industry.
The detailed knowledge we have gained from hosting over one million guests who have enjoyed a relaxing and – above all else – safe vacation at sea, has enabled us to evolve our health & safety protocols.
Our ability to rapidly adapt and evolve while continuing to offer the highest level of preventative health measures, makes cruising with MSC Cruises one of the safest vacation options.
For every new ship class that we develop, we completely revise the design to achieve optimal efficiency. We rethink the ship’s overall structure, deck space, weight distribution including the ship’s hull, rudder and bulbous bow to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.
Reducing air pollution We have installed hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on 14 of our cruise ships which reduce SOx emissions by 98%, and Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems on 3 ships, which reduces NOx by up to 90%.
Underwater radiated noise
Hull and propellers are designed, built and installed to minimise noise or vibration that might impact aquatic mammals.
Wastewater treatment systems
Our fleet is in full compliance with wastewater discharge rules and, in 11 of our ships, advanced systems deliver treated water near to tap water standard.
Our new ships are capable of providing all onboard freshwater needs from seawater.
Waste is compacted, separated or incinerated, and residual waste is carefully delivered to dedicated port reception facilities for recycling or disposal.
New fuel types
In 2022, we will launch our first LNG-powered ship. LNG largely eliminates sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions and particulate matter in the exhaust, reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85%, and CO2 by up to 25%.
On new ships’ lighting is provided by energy-efficient LED and our heating, ventilation and air conditioning system self-adjusts to the weather and the number of passengers onboard.
Shore power capability
7 of our ships are now able to connect to shore power, potentially enabling the onboard engines to be switched off whilst in berth
Digitalisation is allowing us to anticipate and address inefficiencies in systems and equipment, and provide the crew with specific guidance for performance improvements.
Heat recovery systems allow the intelligent redistribution of heat and cold where needed throughout the ship.
A software application monitors the ship’s stability to support the deck officers in optimising the vessel’s trim – and therefore reducing fuel consumption.
Our ship hulls are coated with hi-tech paints that slow the growth of marine organisms, thereby reducing drag and improving energy efficiency.
Ballast water treatment system
All ballast water is filtered and UV treated before being discharged at sea to ensure that it does not contain harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens.