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MSC Cruises cancels all of its March cruises

MSC Cruises announced it will join other cruise lines in cancelling its March 2021 cruises.

The announcement was made on Monday night and affects four cruise ships:

  • MSC Seaside
  • MSC Divina
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • MSC Armonia

The ships were scheduled to sail from Port Canaveral and Miami.

Guests booked on the cancelled cruises that were paid in full will have the choice of a full refund or a 125% future cruise credit that may be used on any ship and any itinerary through April 30, 2022.

MSC cruise ships will add more testing and contact tracing when it restarts sailings in Europe

MSC Cruises announced it will restart cruises from Italy later this month, and there will be newly enhanced health protocols onboard.

MSC will resume cruises in the Mediterranean beginning January 24 with the MSC Grandiosa. On February 14 MSC Magnifica will also return at sea to perform her scheduled itineraries of 11 nights in Italy, Greece and Malta.

In addition to the health protocols MSC cruise ships have been using on its ships since the summer, four new measures will be added:

MSC Cruises halts Mediterranean cruises after Italian government restrictions

MSC Cruises announced it would temporarily stop Mediterranean cruises on two of its ships due to new Italian government restrictions.

Sailings on MSC Grandiosa later this month are cancelled and the planned restart of MSC Magnifica has been moved to January.

MSC cancels U.S. cruises through end of February 2021

MSC Cruises announced it would extend its suspension of U.S. cruises through the end of February 2021.

Like all the other major cruises lines, MSC will delay its restart plans for North America.

Three MSC cruise ships are affected by the announcement:

MSC suspends cruises in Europe due to increase in COVID cases

MSC Cruises announced on Thursday the current health crisis in Europe has forced them to shut down some cruises again.

MSC noted that significant restrictions of movement, in particular in France and Germany, forced the cruise line to temporarily suspend further sailings of MSC Magnifica from November 8 through to December 18, 2020. 

MSC Cruises extends cruise cancellations through end of December 2020

MSC Cruises announced on Monday it has cancelled its December 2020 cruises through to and including December 31, 2020.

The new round of cancellations affects three ships in Florida: MSC Seaside in Port Canaveral, and MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia both in PortMiami.

MSC Cruises will add advanced air sanitation to its cruise ships

MSC Cruises announced the MSC Seashore cruise ship will be the first ship feature new advanced air sanitation technology aimed at reducing virus threat.

Dubbed "Safe Air", the new air sanitation system will be fitted on MSC Seashore, which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard.

MSC Cruises Cancellation Policy: Can I Get a Refund?

Update, 12/7/2020: On October 31, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed its no-sail order to expire and issued a conditional sailing framework, to which all ships must adhere in order to resume cruising. Since that time, MSC Cruises has suspended its North America sailings through February 28, 2021.

MSC Cruises delays restart of Magnifica until October 19

MSC Cruises announced it has delayed the restart of the MSC Magnifica until October 19, 2020.

This is the second time Magnifica has been delayed in restarting.  She was previously scheduled to sail on September 26, after being delayed from August 29.

As a result of the delay, MSC Magnifica’s four proposed seven-night cruises from Bari, Italy between September 26 to October 24, 2020 have been cancelled.

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