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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.

MSC Cruises suspends cruises until April 30 due to Coronavirus

MSC Cruises announced a 45 day pause of all of its sailings until April 30, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The global nature of the COVID-19 outbreak has forced MSC Cruises to halt cruises across the fleet. MSC had already halted ship operations across all areas considered as high risk for the virus, in the Mediterranean, the Gulf and Asia. Ships still in operations in South America and South Africa will also end their operations at the end of their current itineraries.

MSC Cruises cancels March & April Persian Gulf cruises due to Coronavirus closing ports

MSC Cruises announced it has cancelled its March and April sailings in the Persian Gulf due to ports in the United Arab Emirates closing cruise ports due to Coronavirus fears.

The change affects two MSC Cruise ships, MSC Bellissima and MSC Lirica starting from March 14, including the Grand Voyages of MSC Bellissima on March 21 and that of MSC Lirica on April 18.

MSC Meraviglia denied entry to port over Coronavirus fears

MSC Meraviglia was denied the necessary clearance to disembark guests out of concern a crew member with the flu might carry the coronavirus.

MSC Cruises USA names Ruben Rodriguez President

MSC Cruises USA has named Rubén Rodríguez as President and he will join the organization on March 18.

Mr. Rodríguez will work to grow the company's strategy in the United States region, both in terms of its commercial presence and brand awareness, and leverage long-term investments made in recent years. 

Cruise lines begin to cancel cruises due to coronavirus outbreak

MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises and more have all had to cancel sailings from China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MSC Cruises agrees to build two new World Class ships & two new experimental ship classes

MSC Cruises and shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique announced major fleet expansion plans.

MSC Cruises signed an agreement to build the third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships, which are slated to be delivered in 2025 and 2027. The cost of these ships will exceed EUR 2 billion.

The cruise line also signed two memorandums of understanding related to new ship prototypes.

MSC Cruises looks to become first carbon-neutral cruise line

MSC Cruises announced it will be the first major cruise line to become carbon-neutral. 

The cruise line will buy enough credits from companies that absorb carbon dioxide to offset all of the carbon emissions from its 17 ships.  They will begin this new initiative on January 1, 2020.

The credits purchased will cover activities at sea, and should be 2.2 million tons.

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