MSC CRUISES EXTENDS EXPANDS FLEET-WIDE HALTING OF OPERATIONS THROUGH JULY 31, 2020
MSC CRUISES LOOKS AHEAD AND RECONFIRMS FULL SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM AS IT EXTENDS SHORTER-TERM HALT OF CRUISE OPERATIONS
THROUGH JULY 31, 2020
Summer 2021 will see MSC Cruises’ full fleet of 19-ships in operation, including two brand-new vessels currently still under construction MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore
Company 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 Cruises to announce shortly the support of a new operating protocol focused on health and safety, covering the guest cruise experience from booking to disembarkation
As part of its resumed operations, in Summer 2021 MSC Divina will begin cruising from Port Canaveral in Florida - a new easily accessible homeport for MSC Cruises
Geneva, Switzerland (June 4, 2020) – As the world continues to face the challenges of the pandemic and with significant travel restrictions still in place in many regions, today MSC Cruises announced that it will further extend the temporary fleet-wide halt of its cruise operations through July 31, 2020. In addition, for all guests currently booked with MSC Cruises USA between August 1 through October 31, 2020, their bookings will now be eligible for Cruise Assurance, due to a new extension of the program, which will allow them to cancel their sailing up to 48 hours prior to departure and reschedule their cruise with a 100% Future Cruise Credit good for any any ship and any itinerary on or before December 31, 2021.
Today, the Swiss-based cruise line also reconfirmed its full summer 2021 program, starting March 2021, 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.
Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises, “While today we have taken the difficult decision to further extend the halt of operations of all our ships, it is important that we also look ahead as we know that our customers are dreaming of travel and are wanting to plan their holidays for next year. For this reason, we have now also confirmed our full summer program for 2021 so that all guests – both those booked on cruises cancelled through July 31 and those booked on cruises through October 31 who wish to take advantage of our Cruise Assurance Program – can book with confidence.”
“Shorter-term,” added Mr. Onorato, “Our ships will return to service only when the time is right, in phases and by region, and following guidance from the relevant national and international health and other regulatory authorities and the support of a new operating protocol especially focused on health and safety, which we will announce soon. This way, gradually, all of our ships will return to sea between then and the beginning of our summer 2021 season.”
Below are key highlights of MSC Cruises summer 2021 program, which features all 17 vessels currently part of the Company’s fleet as well as the two new ships currently still under construction, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore, for a total of 19.
MSC Cruises’ summer 2021 program offers guests choice and flexibility, with something for everyone to book with confidence.
A cruise length to suit every style from mini-cruises of 3- or 4-nights, standard 7-night cruises to longer cruises of 9-, 11- and 14-nights
With 19 ships to choose from, guests can opt for more classic, charming ships to larger and modern ships with an abundance of outdoor space
An unparalleled number of embarkation ports so that guests can find the one that is most convenient for them
In addition to a tempting array of destinations, MSC Cruises’ ships offer rich and enjoyable onboard experiences with an award-winning family offering, world-class entertainment, and refined, international dining experiences all on board glamourous, modern ships with comfortable and spacious staterooms, plenty of public spaces and cutting-edge technology. For those looking for personalized service and more private facilities, the MSC Yacht Club is available on Fantasia, Meraviglia and Seaside class ships.
Sun-soaked Caribbean and The Bahamas
Known as “the ship for all seasons,” MSC Meraviglia will offer 7-night cruises from Miami, Florida departing every Saturday, while the classic and charming MSC Armonia will offer new shorter 3-and 4-night getaway cruises, also from Miami, departing on Mondays and Fridays.
New for next summer, the elegant MSC Divina will sail for the first time from Port Canaveral, Florida – a new homeport for MSC Cruises – and offer a mix of 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises departing on Sundays and Thursdays. With this new easily accessible homeport, MSC Cruises’ guests will now have the option of exploring the Orlando area pre- or post-cruise and extending their vacation experience.
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will remain a key highlight of cruises in the Caribbean, with all three ships calling at the private island destination in The Bahamas. Exclusive to MSC Cruises’ guests, the private island — located just 65 miles from Miami, — is surrounded by 64 square miles of marine reserve, offering guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture and reconnect with themselves and each other.
With ships frequently docked from early morning until late evening, guests can spend a full day enjoying two miles of pristine beachfront across eight world class beaches with a wide selection of ocean discovery activities like deep-sea fishing, snorkeling adventures, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. In the evening, the island comes alive with a spectacular lighthouse show, an authentic, high-energy Junkanoo parade and dancing under the stars with live music from Bahamian artists and DJs.
*Note, with the new Summer 2021 Caribbean deployment, MSC Cruises has also canceled some previous existing itineraries. Please see here for details.
Iconic Seaside Class Ships Set to be Sun-Kissed Stars of the Western Mediterranean
MSC Cruises’ three innovative, award-winning Seaside-class ships, designed to bring guests closer to the sea, will all be deployed together for the first time in the Western Mediterranean for Summer 2021. These ships – MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview and MSC Seashore – have been designed for the warmer weather with more generous outdoor space and are the perfect ships for guests who want to enjoy the sunshine and stunning ocean views in this popular cruise region.
MSC Seashore will now come into service August 1, 2021 due to the delay caused by the temporary closure of the shipyard as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for this period, MSC Fantasia will temporarily cover her itinerary (with guests receiving a shipboard credit of €100 for this change). MSC Seashore will have the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet and will offer the popular ‘Six Pearls’ itinerary calling the Italian cities of Genoa and, visits to Pompeii, Naples; Messina, Sicily; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France.
She will be joined by sister ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview in their Genoa homeport and operate ever-popular 7-night cruises that sail the world’s most glamorous sea. The Company will also return to Tunisia in August when MSC Fantasia performs 7-night cruises from Genoa calling at Marseille, Barcelona, the port of La Goulette in Tunis, Palermo and Civitavecchia.
Nine to 12-night cruises will also be available from Genoa, Italy in late summer to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal, Greece and Israel with MSC Poesia offering a new overnight in the beautiful port of Haifa.
Enriched Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries
New for summer 2021, MSC Lirica will be deployed from Venice, Italy and will also offer embarkation in the northern Italian port of Trieste with a stunning itinerary calling Zadar, Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro and Corfu in Greece.
Inspirational Range of Itineraries in Northern Europe
From early May the brand new state-of-the-art MSC Virtuosa will spend her first summer season with 7- to 14-night cruises from the German port of Kiel, alternating between the fjords and the Baltic capitals, with all itineraries offering embarkation in both Kiel and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The famous fjords of the Norwegian west coast and the Baltic Capitals can also be enjoyed on a 7-night to 14-night (back to back) itinerary available on MSC Splendida and she will also offer longer 10- and 11-night cruises to the Baltic capitals or North Cape.
MSC Magnifica will homeport in Southampton, UK and offer 7-night itineraries to the magical fjords of Norway, 14-nights to the Baltic capitals or the Mediterranean in mid-August, 12-nights to the Canary Islands and a 7-night cruise calling the “Northern Pearls” of Hamburg, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium and Le Havre, France.
MSC Preziosa will offer from 9- to 14-night itineraries from Hamburg with destinations in Ireland, Iceland and North Cape and Spitzbergen in Norway.
For additional details and detailed updates, guests should contact their travel advisor or visit MSC Cruises’ website www.msccruises.com.
All information believed to be accurate as of the date of issuance. It is the reader's responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as all information is subject to change.