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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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MSC Cruises delays restart of cruise ship in Italy

MSC Cruises announced on Monday it was delaying MSC Magnifica’s scheduled restart due in Italy due to guests cancelling their cruises.

The cruise line issued a statement that said MSC Magnifica will now start up in about 4 weeks.

"In connection with the recent introduction of additional testing measures for residents of Italy having travelled to Greece, we are seeing cancellations and a softening in demand since the ship’s itinerary includes as many as three ports in that country. This has led to the decision to delay the restart of the ship by four weeks."

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MSC Cruises will provide guests face masks on cruise ship as part of COVID-19 plan

MSC Cruises announced on Monday its new health and safety protocols that will be put into place when cruises resume in the Mediterranean.

The new procedures include universal COVID-19 testing for all guests and crew prior to embarkation, protected ashore visits at each destination only with an MSC Cruises excursion as an added level of protection for guests and the introduction of a COVID Protection Plan for further peace of mind for guests.

MSC Cruises announces Blue Ribbon group to develop plan for cruises to resume

MSC Cruises announced it has formed its own group of experts to come up with a health policy for its ships to return to service.

MSC calls it a blue ribbon group that is comprised of experts in the fields of medicine, public health and sanitation, hotel services, HVAC, and more. The goal of the group is to create enhanced protocol and procedures for MSC ships to utilize going forward.

MSC Cruises announces enhanced policy to guard against COVID-19

MSC Cruises announced on Monday a new, comprehensive and enhanced health & safety protocol for protecting guests and crew against COVID-19 onboard its ships.

The new policy is being developed in collaboration with relevant national health authorities and with the support of a team of external medical experts. This protocol will cover all aspects of the cruise, starting with the booking phase and all the way through to disembarkation and the return home.

MSC Cruises cancels more cruises, while releasing summer 2021 itineraries

MSC Cruises announced on Thursday it will extend its cruise suspensions through July 31, 2020, along with sharing its plans to resume shorter-term operations for winter 2020/21 season in phases and by region only when the time will be right and following guidance from the relevant national and international health and other regulatory authorities.

MSC also reconfirmed its March – November 2021 program, which will include two new ships currently under construction and a series of new or enriched itineraries and homeports, including a new home for MSC Divina in Central Florida.

MSC Cruises announces cancellation of 2020 Canada & New England cruises

MSC Cruises announced it has cancelled its Canada and New England sailings on MSC Meraviglia from Sept. 5 - Oct. 22, 2020.

MSC joined other cruise lines in announcing the cancellation of all of its Canada/New England 2020 sailings due to Canada's announcement that due to the COVID-19 pandemic they will be prohibiting cruise ships carrying more than 100 persons from operating in Canadian water until October 31, 2020.

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