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Oct. 28 update: MSC switches Southern Caribbean homeports, Queen Elizabeth drops Asia

MSC Seaview will offer a butterfly program of two different seven-night itineraries, both embarking from St. Maarten and Barbados, that may be combined
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-recovery cruise news. This will be updated throughout the day.

MSC switches from Guadeloupe/Martinique to St. Maarten/Barbados

With Martinique and Guadeloupe not yet accepting cruise visitors due to the pandemic and low vaccination rates, MSC Seaview will instead sail from St. Maarten and Barbados for its winter 2021/22 Caribbean season.

The butterfly program of two different seven-night itineraries that may be combined will start Dec. 5.

Both itineraries offer embarkations at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, or Bridgetown, Barbados.  One includes Castries, St Lucia; Saint George, Grenada; and Basseterre, St. Kitts, while the other features Roseau, Dominica; St. John’s, Antigua; and Road Town, Tortola.

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato thanked airline partners who amended their charter flight schedules to serve the new itineraries. The ‘Fly & Cruise’ packages offer a range of flights from key European cities and other international air hubs around the world to join MSC Seaview or the company’s three Florida-based ships, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina and, as of Nov. 20, MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Seashore, for winter Caribbean cruises.

All MSC Seaview passengers will have to be fully vaccinated or show a proof of negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to embarkation. In most ports they will be able to go ashore independently, but in certain destinations they'll have to book an MSC Cruises protected shore excursion. More details will soon be available.


Queen Elizabeth will not be going to Asia in spring 2022

Queen Elizabeth drops Asia in spring 2022

Cunard announced new Queen Elizabeth itineraries between February and May 2022, all departing from Southampton. These replace the vessel's Asia program, with departures from Feb. 20 to May 17 canceled.

The new itineraries, which go on sale in November, include a voyage in search of the Northern Lights, journeys to the Canary Islands and the Western Mediterranean and a grand voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and on to Vancouver, BC.

'To all guests affected by the canceled voyages we are sorry for the disappointment this will cause and we hope to welcome many back on board when we return to Japan in 2023,' Cunard President Simon Palethorpe said.

Passengers will be offered a full refund or a future cruise credit worth 125% of the standard deposit terms, and 100% of any additional monies paid.

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