MSC Croisières a annoncé en fin de semaine dernière que les MSC Grandiosa et MSC Magnifica, reprendront respectivement leurs opérations en Méditerranée à partir du 16 et 29 août 2020 /crédit photo Wikipedia

MSC Cruises: Mediterranean tours reopen on August 16 and 29, 2020

Destinations

MSC Grandiosa, the company’s latest vessel to enter service, will offer 7-night cruises in the western Mediterranean and will call at the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia / Rome, Naples, Palermo and Valletta.

MSC Magnifica will offer 7-night cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean to departure from Bari and Trieste and will call at the ports of Corfu, Katakolon and Piraeus in Greece.

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The company has worked to encompass all aspects of the trip, from booking to boarding, life on board and back home, while maintaining the uniqueness of the experience.
For this first phase of the resumption of cruise operations, the two MSC Cruises ships scheduled to operate in the Mediterranean this summer will only welcome passengers residing in the countries of the Schengen area and subject to restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities.
In addition, the routes have been planned in collaboration with the authorities and designed according to the accessibility of the ports, reducing as much as possible the need for passengers to use public transport.
MSC Cruises announcesstop of its other cruise operations in the Mediterranean from August 16 to October 31 inclusive.
Passengers residing in the countries of the Schengen area (1) who have a reservation on an MSC Cruises itinerary until October 31, have the possibility of transfer their reservation to MSC Grandiosa or MSC Magnifica, thus benefiting from up to three free excursions (depending on the cabin category booked).

Cancellation of all cruises departing from the United States

Alternatively, passengers can request a credit for a future cruise that they can use on the ship and itinerary of their choice until December 2021.

In addition, all passengers residing in the countries of the Schengen area and who already have a credit for a future cruise, can use it on one of these two ships, which also benefit from up to three free excursions.

Passengers who are not citizens of the Schengen area will automatically receive a credit for a future cruise which will allow them to transfer their reservation free of charge, on the ship and MSC Cruises itinerary of their choice, until December 2021.
In accordance with CLIA’s announcement and like all of its members, MSC Cruises has also informed of the cancellation of all cruises departing from the United States until October 31 inclusive.
Beyond the summer itineraries announced today, MSC Cruises closely follows the evolution of the global health situation and envisages a gradual entry into service of other vessels over the same summer period.

Today’s announcement follows the confirmation of the Winter 20/21 and Summer 2021 season schedules which will begin at the end of October and end in November 2021.
The ships will offer passengers itineraries in all the regions traditionally served by the Company, namely the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Gulf, South Africa, South America and Asia.

Regarding routes going beyond the current summer season, Gianni Onorato concluded: “(…) we hope to be able to relax some measures while continuing to ensure that the health and safety of all on board remains our top priority …”
(1) Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland.