Decision made to ensure safety of passengers and crew
MSC Cruises has cancelled three repositioning Grand Voyages in April, sailing from South Africa and the UAE to Europe, because of the current risk to ships in the Red Sea.
Ongoing attacks on merchant vessels in the region has led to the company cancelling a 24-night cruise of MSC Splendida from Durban, South Africa to Genoa, Italy; a 21-night sailing of MSC Opera from Dubai, UAE to Genoa, and a 23-night voyage of MSC Virtuosa from Dubai to Southampton, UK.
MSC Cruises said that the safety of passengers and crew is its number one priority and as there were no viable alternative itineraries, the company regrettably had to cancel the three voyages.
The three ships will transfer directly to Europe without any passengers on board and avoid transiting through the Red Sea. Instead, they will sail around the west coast of Africa with no ports of call on their journeys to their respective European homeports for the summer 2024 season.
None of the company’s other ships in MSC’s fleet are affected. All passengers booked on the three repositioning cruises have been, or are in the process of being contacted directly or through their travel agents and can transfer their booking to a future Grand Voyage of a similar duration.
Alternatively, affected passengers can rebook to any other cruise in the company’s global network, with either a partial refund or additional payment for the difference in the price of the original booking, or receive a full refund with no cancellation fee.
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