MSC Cruises has been forced to postpone its MSC Magnifica sailings due to ongoing uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic.
The cruise ship was due to start sailing Mediterranean itineraries, but the cruise line says it has seen a ‘softening in demand’ due to travel restrictions.
The restrictions in question come as residents of Italy will need to face additional testing measures if they have travelled to Greece, where the ship was due to call.
The cruise line was anticipating a predominantly Italian market as currently the FCO advises Brits against cruise ship travel, meaning that MSC has cancelled cruises for UK and Irish guests, offering a number of options including 125% Future Cruise Credit.
The company says it believes reservations will start to pick up again in the coming weeks, but that it had taken the decision to delay the restart of MSC Magnifica’s sailings until the 26th September.
As a result, it has cancelled MSC Magnifica cruises from the 29th August through to the 19th September. Affected guests will either be moved to another cruise, or will receive a Future Cruise Credit which allows them to transfer the full amount paid for their holiday to a future cruise of their choice, through to the end of 2021.
Earlier this month, the cruise line had resumed sailings for the first time since suspending operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruise ship MSC Grandiosa set sail from Genoa on a seven-night itinerary across the West Mediterranean, and has been sailing since.
Amidst the pandemic, the cruise line has rolled out new health and safety measures for passengers and crew.
This includes guests taking a temperature check and health screening ahead of boarding, as well as reducing the capacity of passengers in a bid to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
At the time of writing, the FCO still advises Brits against all cruise ship travel. You can find out more information in the FCO’s latest cruise advice.