MSC ex­tends canx, re­veals 2021 sea­son

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MSC Cruises has ex­tended its halt of op­er­a­tions through to the end of Jul.

Guests af­fected by the can­celled cruises will re­ceive a fu­ture credit for 125% of the value of their can­celled itin­er­ary for any fu­ture voy­age of their choice through to the end of 2021, un­der MSC’s flex­i­ble cruise pro­gram.

The up­dated pol­icy, which does not in­clude re­funds, also al­lows guests to resched­ule up to 48 hours prior to the orig­i­nal cruise de­par­ture and, for Fly&Cruise pack­ages, up to 96 hours prior to the flight’s de­par­ture.

All guests who are cur­rently booked on cruises in Aug and Oct are also cov­ered by the pro­gram.

MSC will re­sume op­er­a­tions for the north­ern win­ter 2020/21 sea­son in phases, and by re­gion only, fol­low­ing guid­ance from rel­e­vant na­tional and int’l reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties.

The cruise line has also con­firmed its sum­mer 2021 pro­gram, which will see its full fleet of 19 ships in op­er­a­tion.

The newly con­firmed sea­son will in­clude two new ves­sels cur­rently still un­der con­struc­tion,

MSC Seashore and MSC Vir­tu­osa (pic­tured).

The line is also devel­op­ing a new op­er­at­ing pro­to­col, fo­cused par­tic­u­larly on health and safety, cov­er­ing the en­tire guest cruise ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cruise lengths range from mini­cruises of 3 or 4 nights, stan­dard 7-night cruises to longer cruises of 9, 11 and 14 nights.

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