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MSC cancels Magnifica cruises up to 29 April

 MSC has cancelled all Magnifica’s cruises up to 29 April.

The ship was originally scheduled to resume sailing to Greece on 14 February.

Guests who have already booked a cabin on MSC Magnifica up to 29 April will be given the chance to switch to a cruise to Greece on one of its other ships.

Alternatively, they can swap to its flagship MSC Grandiosa, which is currently one of the few ships sailing in the western Mediterranean.

Guests who don’t want to commit to another cruise just yet also have the option to take a 125% future cruise credit, which they can use to re-book up to 20 April 2022.

If they prefer, they can have a cash refund of the full amount paid.

Details of other MSC cruises to Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean are available here.



How likely is it we’ll be able to cruise at Easter?

Most cruises around the world are currently suspended, although MSC Cruises is operating a handful of sailings in Italy and Malta on the MSC Grandiosa.

However, these are for customers in the Schengen region only, which doesn’t include the UK.

MSC says it’s hopeful it will get permission from Greece to resume cruises there at Easter, but it’s not guaranteed.

And even if it does, the UK currently has a total ban on leisure travel. This could be lifted by Easter, but Government ministers have indicated this is unlikely. Separately, the UK Foreign Office has been advising against all ocean cruises since last summer due to the risk of coronavirus spreading on board.

Cruise lines in the US say they are working with authorities to resume sailing as soon as they have the correct safety protocols in place, but most don’t expect to start again until May, at the earliest.


Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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