The MSC Shipping-owned MSC Cruises is the latest major cruise company to additionally extended passenger shipping suspensions into summer 2020 over the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release, MSC Cruises announced plans to start cruises on July 10, 2020 (previously on May 29).
Booked customers who have had their voyage affected will receive a 125% FCC (future cruise credit) if rebook before or on December 31, 2021.
The top 3 cruise lines in the USA - Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings - are holding out their sail dates in June 2020. The CDC issued a “No Sail Order for Cruise Ships” on April 9 - meaning the cruise shipping ban is through July (2020) or until the pandemic is over.
Tentative sail dates for major cruise lines include:
- Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean: June 10
- Silversea: June 12
- Carnival Cruise Line: June 26
- Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn: June 30.
For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.