One of the largest cruise companies in the world, MSC Cruises, have stopped all operations with their entire fleet until the 29th of May.
In a statement from the cruise company they stated that “MSC Cruises has decided to further extend the suspension of all cruises throughout the fleet to 29.5.202 in view of the continuing extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus facing the whole world.”
The company previously announced the temporary suspension of all ships until the 30th of April as governments around the world further stepped up public health and safety measures to protect the local population and prevent the virus from spreading, and today's decision by MSC Cruises to extend the suspension is aimed at providing additional support for the effectiveness of such efforts.
The company added that “MSC Cruises is in constant communication with all guests and their travel agents whose reservations are affected by this decision and apologizes sincerely for the inconvenience caused. With today’s announcement, the company aims to provide travel agents and guests with reservations on affected cruises as much time as possible to change reservations to a different date. MSC Cruises will offer guests affected by this extraordinary measure the option of switching the full amount of cancelled cruise payment to a future cruise of their choice departing by the end of 2021 with an additional generous on-board credit.”