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Several crossings canceled for MSC cruise ship due to restrictions

Due to changing restrictions along European routes, MSC Cruises has decided to cancel future crossings of MSC Magnifica, offering reserved customers who have already paid in full several options to modify their plans. From December 19, 2021 to January 14, 2022, all crossings by the ship have been canceled.

MSC Magnifica Canceled departures

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and is particularly prevalent in Europe, several European countries have tightened travel restrictions, which have started to impact cruises. Particularly in the UK and Germany, both of which have seen a dramatic increase in positive cases in recent weeks, new restrictions are limiting cruise options for travelers. MSC Cruises.

MSC Magnifica has been programmed for 7-night cruises to discover Northern Europe. These cruises depart from several cities on a “metropolitan” route, which allows passengers to embark at any port of call. The itinerary includes Hamburg, Germany; Le Havre, France; Southampton, England; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Ijmuiden, The Netherlands.

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Several countries in the European Union including Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands – all nations on MSC Magnifica‘s routes – have banned many travelers from the UK in an attempt to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Germany’s latest measures went into effect on December 19, the day MSC Magnifica moored in Hamburg. German guests who had booked the cruise for this Christmas week were not allowed to board the ship on Sunday.

MSC Cruises has informed disappointed passengers that under the new restrictions the company is not allowed to mix German and British guests on board the MSC Magnifica.

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Another difficulty is that the UK changed entry rules for cruise ships on November 29, 2021, now banning all forms of shore leave in ports. Embarkation and disembarkation, however, is permitted at Southampton, although travelers returning to the UK from an international cruise must complete a passenger locator form and post-cruise test requirements as well as a quarantine until ‘to 14 days, even if they are fully vaccinated.

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Due to these complications which limit what passengers can do, MSC Cruises has instead chosen to cancel the next four weeks of MSC Magnifica navigations.

Compensation offered

Customers who have fully paid their now canceled MSC Magnifica cruise have several options.

Customers may receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for the full amount of the cruise fare, excluding government taxes, fees, and prepaid services such as spa packages or specialty meals, which will be reimbursed.

Passengers can also choose to move their booking to any ship (not just MSC Magnifica) or any future shipping, or they can request a full refund of their fare.

While no further details are available at this time, these compensation options are unlikely to apply to the next world cruise. a board MSC Magnifica in 2023, or any other World Cruise itinerary. Where other cruise lines have been forced to cancel itineraries, more extraordinary world cruise or “big trip” options are generally excluded from the compensation choices.

MSC Magnifica is a 95,128 gross ton Musica-class vessel with a capacity of 2,518 passengers based on double occupancy. The ship was the second in the MSC Cruises fleet to resume navigation after the several-month shutdown, the first restart from Genoa, Italy, in October 2020.

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