Previously, MSC Magnifica's Aug. 29 restart was delayed to Sept. 26 on weaker demand for Greece due to additional testing measures required for Italians who travel there.
With this latest change, four seven-night cruises from Bari, Italy, Sept. 26 to Oct. 24 were canceled.
Embarking at Genoa, Civitavecchia, Messina
MSC Magnifica’s new itinerary from Genoa has calls at Livorno, Messina (Sicily), Valletta (Malta), Piraeus and Katakolon in Greece and Civitavecchia (Rome).
The longer sailing is expected to appeal to travelers flying from Schengen countries because of good pan-European air links to both Rome and Genoa which are, together with Messina, embarkation ports.
Following MSC Magnifica's new 10-night program, in 2021 the ship is scheduled to embark on its second consecutive annual world cruise.
Follows MSC Grandiosa restart
MSC Magnifica follows MSC Grandiosa's return to service in August with weekly cruises in the Western Mediterranean with embarkation at Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo, and a call at Valletta.
MSC Cruises said feedback from the thousands of passengers who've sailed has been 'extremely positive.'
MSC Grandiosa's current program been extended through year's end, including the ship's Christmas cruise from Genoa on Dec. 20.