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26 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 00:56 GMT+2

August 24, 2020

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MSC Cruises postpones departure of planned second ship in Italy after the stoppage for the pandemic

The company explained that the decision follows the introduction of additional tests for Italian citizens went to Greece. numerous cancellations and a drop in Question

If with yesterday's landing in the port of Genoa of the MSC Grandiosa,always started from the Ligurian capital on Sunday previous, the first cruise in the Italy carried out after the stoppage of activities caused by the restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic, was instead, the departure of the MSC Magnificahas been postponed, second cruise ship from the same MSC Cruises what were planned for the first post-Covid-19 trips with departure from Italian ports.

The company has announced that MSC's departure Magnificent was postponed until next September 26 in consideration of the recent introduction of additional testing for Italian citizens who have travelled to Greece and by virtue of the ship's itinerary includes as many as three stops in the Hellenic country. In addition, MSC Cruises has specified that it is recording numerous cancellations and a decline in demand and that this resulted in the decision to postpone four weeks the ship's departure.

Confident of a growth in bookings in the coming weeks, MSC Cruises recalled that MSC sales Magnificent are open to residents of the Schengen area, even if The company said that in this first phase of restart operations most guests will be made up of citizens and residents of Italy.

The first cruise will depart from Bari, Italy, with an itinerary September 26th. MSC Cruises explained that customers affected by the cancelled cruises (August 26 to 19) September) will be re-enacted on another cruise - in particular MSC Grandiosa,which currently sails in the Mediterranean - or may receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) with the ability to transfer the full amount paid for the cruise cancelled on a future cruise of their choice -- on any ship, for any itinerary - until the end of 2021.

MSC Grandiosa currently offers seven-night cruises boarding in the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo and with a stopover in Valletta (Malta).

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