On Sunday, February 6, 2022, MSC Cruises ended the temporary suspension of Magnifica ship's operations after nearly 2 months.
On December 19, the situation arose at short notice, and passengers booked for the Christmas voyage could not start the sailing because they were not allowed to embark. Great Britain had been classified as a COVID variant area and since the voyages of MSC Magnifica can also be started/ended from any port (including Southampton England UK) some Britons were onboard. However, there has to be no mixing with citizens from the virus variant area.
Furthermore, the situation with the COVID crisis was very tense due to the spread of the Omicron variant, so MSC Cruises decided to discontinue MSC Magnifica's sailings. During the time without passengers, the vessel was mostly in Port Le Havre/Paris (France).
The disruption period has been extended a number of times, but now passengers are finally boarding Magnifica again. MSC Magnifica departed from the port of Hamburg on a 7-night Northern Europe itinerary with scheduled calls in Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge/Bruges (Belgium), and IJmuiden (Netherlands).
All passengers 12 years and older have to be fully vaccinated and present a negative antigen/PCR test (no older than 48 hours). Accompanying kids between the ages of 2 and 11 must present a negative test result (PCR test not older than 48 hours/antigen test not older than 24 hours).