The world is slowly trying to get out of the Covid crisis, but tourism does it (by force of circumstances) with more caution, and the sea travel sector is no exception: the MSC Cruises company announces that it will prolong the suspension until 31 July of operations. Guests affected by canceled cruises will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) with which they will have the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their canceled cruise to a future cruise of their choice – on any ship, for any itinerary – until the end of 2021. In addition, all guests who have booked a cruise scheduled between 1 August and 31 October 2020 will be able to enjoy the extension of the Company’s “Flexible Cruise Program”, which allows guests to reschedule the cruise for a future departure date until 31 December 2021. The reprogramming can be carried out up to 48 hours before departure for the “Cruise only” packages; instead for the “Cruise + Flight” packages up to 96 hours before the plane’s departure.
In addition, the company has confirmed the complete program for the 2021 summer season, which will start in March and will see the presence of 2 new ships currently under construction, flanked by a series of new itineraries and homeports.
So Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises: “Even if today we have made the difficult decision to further extend the suspension of the activities of all our ships, it is important to look forward, because we know that our customers dream of traveling and want to plan. their holidays for the next year. For this reason, we have confirmed our complete program for the summer of 2021. Our ships will return to service only when we deem it appropriate, in stages and by area, following the indications of the national and international health authorities, of the other competent authorities and on the on the basis of a new operational protocol on health and safety, which we will announce shortly. In this way, gradually, all our ships will return to sailing between the entry into force of the new protocol and the beginning of our summer season 2021 “.