MSC Cruises has extended the fleet-wide suspension of its cruise operations until July 31. The cruise line has reconfirmed its full summer programme for 2021, starting in March next year.

Guests affected by the cancelled cruises will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC), allowing them to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice – on any ship, for any itinerary – through to the end of 2021, MCS said in a press statement. Guests will be able to redeem their FCC voucher starting from June 21.

“All guests currently booked on cruises between August 1 and October 31 will now be covered under an extension of the Flexible Cruise Programme, allowing guests to reschedule their cruise to a future departure date through to December 31, 2021, up to 48 hours prior to the original cruise departure, or, for Fly&Cruise packages, up to 96-hours prior to the flight departure.”

Gianni Onorato, ceo of MSC Cruises, added: “Shorter term, our ships will return to service only when the time is right, in phases and by region, and following guidance from the relevant national and international health and other regulatory authorities and the support of a new operating protocol especially focused on health and safety, which we will announce soon. This way, gradually, all of our ships will return to sea between then and the beginning of our summer 2021 season.”