Cruise lines extend suspensions into summer over Coronavirus pandemic

   April 30, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The MSC Shipping-owned MSC Cruises is the latest major cruise company to additionally extended passenger shipping suspensions into summer 2020 over the ongoing 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.

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Tentative sail dates for major cruise lines include:

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.