Continuing attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea have forced major cruise line MSC Cruises to cancel three more sailings, one of which departed from South Africa.
MSC listed the canceled cruise routes in a statement last year week, one of which is a 24-night cruise from Durban to Genoa on MSC Splendida. Two other cruises from Dubai to Europe on MSC Opera and MSC Virtuosa have also been cancelled.
MSC has explored alternative routes to avoid the Red Sea altogether, but unfortunately no viable options have emerged.
“The three ships will sail directly to Europe without passengers on board and will not transit through the Red Sea. "They will instead sail around the west coast of Africa without any ports of call en route to their European home ports during the 2024 summer season," the company said.
MSC told passengers that they will be contacted directly or through a travel agent and will have the option to reschedule their booking and receive a partial refund or make an additional payment for the difference in price. MSC is also offering passengers a full refund with no cancellation fees.