The MSC Virtuosa embarked on a seven-night voyage from Liverpool with stops at Greenock, Inverclyde, Belfast, Southampton, and the Isle of Portland planned. It can carry over 6,000 passengers, but unfortunately, only about 900 are currently onboard due to social-distancing procedures.
On Wednesday, Greenock's schedule was canceled, according to the Scottish Passenger Agents Association (SPAA). According to the industry association, Scots on board the ship were virtually "barred from setting foot in their nation".Passengers will also be unable to board the ship in Greenock.
According to the SPAA, 75 percent of the individuals on board had been properly vaccinated and had recently tested negative.
The decision was "ludicrous," according to Joanne Dooey, the organization's president, who told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland that people can freely travel into Scotland by rail or automobile.
The Scottish government said in a statement that it fully understands "the impact of the present restrictions on domestic cruises".
In an update to the industry on the 24th of May, we expressed our concerns about the transmission threats posed by cruise ships and stated that we would clarify our position in June.
The message reads, "Due to current Scottish government Covid 19 limits and regulations, We regret to tell you that the Greenock port call has been canceled."
The Scottish government made the statement that guests are not permitted to disembark the ship.
MSC spokesperson stated that For further clarity, the Authorities in Scotland concerning the situation for cruising.
"We are aware of the vital and extensive impact that the cruise industry gives to Scotland, we hope that our calls to Scotland with our unique voyages can begin soon."