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MSC Cruises is extending the suspension of its new cruise departures fleet-wide to May 29, in light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The original suspension was to April 30 but as governments extend stay-at-home orders, the date was extended.

“This is not a decision we took lightly but under the current circumstances, the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities ashore, including our employees and their families, must come first,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, in a statement. “As a family company with over 300 years of maritime tradition, we felt that this was the right decision to make.”

According to a statement, MSC Cruises states the company intends to provide travel advisors and guests who are booked on affected sailings with as much time as possible to move their booking to a future cruise.

MSC Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled vacation plus an additional credit benefit to a future cruise of their choice at any point through the end of 2021.

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