Published on : Friday, November 6, 2020
MSC Cruises has decided to temporarily suspend further sailings of MSC Magnifica. The temporary suspension will be effective starting November 8 through to December 18, included. The cruise line made in comeback in October and mentioned that the prevailing pandemic situation and related travel restrictions in France and Germany prompted the company to undertake the latest decision.
France and Germany are two key source markets for the ship’s ten-night voyages across the eastern and western Mediterranean and hence travel restriction is largely affecting the operations of the cruise line. On the other hand, MSC Grandiosa will continue and extend her current sailings into next year.
The flagship will perform her current seven-night itinerary in the western Mediterranean with embarkation in Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo, Italy as well as calling Valetta, Malta, until March 27. When MSC Magnifica resumes operation after her temporary pause, she will continue sailing from December 18 with her special one off eight-night Christmas cruise itinerary that week.
The cruise will also return to her current ten-night itinerary across the Eastern and Western Mediterranean until the end of April. MSC Cruises has also been forced to cancel its 2021 World Cruise, which was due to be performed by MSC Magnifica due to the health situation ashore and in particular the continued unavailability of the majority of ports along the proposed itinerary.