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MSC Cruises cancels seasonal holiday cruises from Italy

MSC Cruises is temporarily pausing the operation of MSC Grandiosa later this month and moving to January the planned restart of MSC Magnifica as a result of new travel measures introduced by the Italian government for the Christmas and New Year period.

The Italian government has said it will tighten the movement of its residents between regions, cities and towns in its efforts to combat the pandemic ashore between December 21, 2020 and January 6, 2021, which will also restrict the ability of holidaymakers from abroad to travel to, through and from Italy.

This has caused the cancellation of three future planned voyages of MSC Grandiosa and three sailings of MSC Magnifica.

January resumption

MSC Grandiosa will temporarily pause her current programme of 7-night voyage sailings on December 20 in Genoa and will resume her Western Mediterranean cruises on January 10, 2021, also from Genoa.

MSC Magnifica, which was due to re-start 10-night voyages in the West and East Mediterranean on December 18 from Genoa, will now commence its sailing programme on January 15, 2021 following the cancellation of three previous sailings.    

MSC Cruises will welcome back guests on board MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica in January 2021 under the protection of its comprehensive health and safety protocols under which is has to date  hosted more than 30,000 guests.

Costa is also suspending Italy operations from December 20 to January 6 in compliance with Italian government travel restrictions.