MSC Splendida Grand Voyage Now Departing From Singapore Due To Coronavirus
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
MSC Splendidahas cancelled its next three 4- and 5-night scheduled sailings from Shanghai, China, and will reposition to Singapore to start a 27-night Grand Voyage to the Middle East and Europe for a 14FEB departure.
According to a news release by MSC Cruises, the itinerary changes are a result of the coronavirus outbreak in China, although there have been no reported cases among pax or crew aboardMSC Splendidawhile the ship served the Asia market throughout the winter.
“The decision to reposition the ship from Shanghai to Singapore has been taken in the best interests of the safety and wellbeing for our passengers and crew, as was the decision to cancel our next three scheduled sailings from China," said Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises.
“Many major airlines have either cancelled or reduced their flight frequency to China and the Grand Voyage was entirely booked with guests flying from abroad to enjoy the experience of a unique itinerary."
MSC Splendida's new itinerary includes four additional ports to replace cancelled calls to Naha, Japan and Hong Kong. They are: Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
No further action is required for Grand Voyage pax who have already booked a cruise and flight through MSC, as customers will be booked automatically on a flight to Singapore.
Customers who did not book an outbound flight to Asia through MSC Cruises will need to contact their airline.
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