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MSC Magnifica sailings suspended and world cruise cancelled, Grandiosa extends Med season, ups testing

MSC Grandiosa (pictured) will continue its 7-night cruises in the Western Med until March 27, 2021.
MSC Magnifica’s sailings are suspended from November 8 through to December 18, owing to travel restrictions in France and Germany, both major source markets for MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean sailings, and the 2021 world cruise is cancelled. On MSC Grandiosa, COVID-19 testing and other measures will be increased.

MSC Magnifica is planned to resume operations starting with an eight-night Christmas cruise, before returning to its typical 10-night itinerary across the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, calling at Italy, Greece and Malta until the end of April next year.

The vessel resumed sailings last month, with shore excursions carried out in protected ‘bubbles’ and passenger capacity reduced to 70%.

2021 world cruise cancelled

Next year’s world cruise on board Magnifica is cancelled due to the health situation ashore and the unavailability of most ports on the itinerary.

MSC Grandiosa

MSC’s flagship will extend sailings to March 27 and continue its seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with embarkations at Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo, Italy, as well as calling at Valetta, Malta.

Passengers to be tested mid-cruise, crew weekly

In addition to last month being granted RINA’s Biosafe certification, Grandiosa will adopt new health and hygiene measures, including additional on-board testing for all passengers mid-way through the cruise and crew testing increased from twice a month to weekly. These measures are on top of universal pre-embarkation testing for passengers and crew.

Frequency of on-board sanitation, in particular of public areas and high touch points, will be escalated.

The definition of 'close contact' for tracing purposes will reduce the time from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.