MSC Cruises has decided to delay the restart of operations for MSC Magnifica towards the end of September due to lower demand.
MSC Magnifica Return to Service Delayed
The return to service during these difficult times is proving to be very tricky indeed and so far for MSC Cruises, only one vessel has managed to kick start operations.
MSC Magnifica was set to resume cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean from August 29, 2020. The ship was set to offer 7-night itineraries calling to the Greek ports of Corfu, Katakolon, and Piraeus out of the Italian ports of Bari and Trieste.
Those cruises on the MSC Magnifica have recently seen very low demand and comes after the introduction of additional testing measures for residents of Italy who have traveled to Greece. This has pushed many guests to cancel their bookings as the MSC Magnifica had three ports of call in Greece.
It does now mean that MSC Magnifica which was originally scheduled to resume sailing on August 29 will now be delayed to September 26, 2020. The itineraries will be unchanged and the vessel will start out of Bari on the new delayed date.
Guests affected by the cancelled cruises will either be re-protected onto another cruise – in particular on MSC Grandiosa, which is currently sailing in the West Mediterranean – or will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) where they have the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice – on any ship, for any itinerary — through to the end of 2021.
The good news is that MSC Grandiosa is currently sailing in the Western Mediterranean and has already completed her first voyage back. You can read more about the ship’s return to service right here.