GENEVA — MSC Cruises has been forced to cancel MSC Grandiosa cruises departing from Genoa Italy on Jan. 10 and 17.
The cruise line cited Italy’s recent extension of restrictive measures related to movement within the country as the reason for the cancellations. The Italian government’s latest decree prevents access to and denies use of ports of embarkation until Jan. 15.
As a result, the first cruise of MSC Grandiosa will now depart from Genoa on Jan. 24. The company’s flagship will resume its planned weekly cruises leaving every Sunday from Genoa and calling in the Italian ports of Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo and Valetta in Malta, with embarkation available in each port in Italy.
MSC Grandiosa will offer these itineraries until March 21, after which it will remain in the Western Mediterranean to offer cruises from the summer program featuring a new itinerary.
From Feb. 14, MSC Magnifica will also resume operations from Genoa with 11-night cruises in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, including Italy, Greece and Malta.
MSC Cruises is currently contacting all travel agents and guests impacted by the two cancelled cruises of MSC Grandiosa.