MSC Cruises will temporarily stop all its U.S.-based new cruise embarkations for 45 days until April 30.
“This is not a decision we took lightly but under the current circumstances, the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities ashore – including our employees and their families – must come first,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises. “As a family company with over 300 years of maritime tradition, we felt that this was the right decision to make.”
The company has already also halted ship operations across all areas considered as high risk for the virus, in the Mediterranean, the Gulf and Asia. Ships still in operations in South America and South Africa will also end their operations at the end of their current itineraries.
MSC Cruises is offering guests affected by today’s decision the opportunity to transfer 100 per cent of the money paid for their cancelled vacation plus an additional generous credit benefit to a future cruise of their choice at any point through the end of 2021. If not used by that date, guests will receive a full refund of the cruise fare.
Earlier today, Royal Caribbean announced that it would pause sailings, preceded by similar announcements from Princess and Disney Cruise Line.
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