MSC Cruises Extends Suspension of Cruises in Northern Europe

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MSC Cruises has made the decision to cancel the Northern Europe cruising season which impacts four cruise ships.

MSC Cruises Cancels Northern Europe Sailings

The cruise line has sent out a communication to travel agents that it has made the decision to extend the suspension of cruises in North Europe. This will ultimately cancel the cruising season in Northern Europe and affects sailings from August 1 to October 18, 2020.

Four ships and a range of different itineraries are impacted by the further cancellations as detailed by MSC Cruises below:

  • MSC Meraviglia sailings departing from Kiel August 1 – August 29
  • Note, MSC Cruises previously canceled the MSC Meraviglia repositioning cruise from Kiel to NY on Sept. 5, as well as all MSC Meraviglia cruises departing from NY from Sept. 22 through Oct. 22.
  • MSC Poesia sailings departing from Copenhagen and Warnemunde August 1 – September 13
  • MSC Preziosa sailings departing from Hamburg August 4 – October 18
  • MSC Splendida sailings departing from Kiel August 2 – September 17 and Copenhagen September 18

This further pause on cruises does not impact other regions such as the suspension of operations in the United States through September 15, 2020. Cruises in the U.S. should be able to go ahead depending on conditions in the country and how new health measures are implemented.

Related: MSC Cruises Extends Suspension From the U.S. With Three Ships Impacted

MSC Cruises is offering compensation for the cancelled cruises in Northern Europe for those guests who have booked from the U.S. There is the option of a 125% Future Cruise Credit which will need to be used on sailings on or before December 31, 2021, and it applies to guests who have already paid the booking in full.

The cruise line will also offer a Future Cruise Credit on the deposit already made on the booking. A full refund of the cruise fare can be requested online too. Do check all the terms and conditions before making any choice.

MSC is also working on resuming cruises in the Mediterranean even though U.S. guests will likely be unable to travel to Europe. There is possibly reatsrt of cruises in the region in August with a reduced number of ships both in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. This again depends on health protolsa and working with the relevant health authorities.

As always, Cruise Hive will keep readers updated on any new developments.

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