CruiseFour new ports added in South-east Asia, but Japan and Hong Kong miss out

MSC switches Grand Voyage departure to Singapore

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MSC Splendida will now call at Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City on her Grand Voyage.
MSC Splendida will now call at Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City on her Grand Voyage.

GENEVA - MSC Splendida will reposition to Singapore to start her 27-night ‘Grand Voyage’ to Dubai and Europe for a Feb 14 departure.

The decision to reposition the ship from Shanghai to Singapore has been taken in the best interests of the safety and well-being for our passengers and crew, as was the decision to cancel our next three scheduled sailings from China.– Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises

The itinerary changes are a result of the coronavirus health situation in China although there have been no reported cases among passengers or crew on board MSC Splendida while she has served the Asia market throughout the winter.

Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises, said, “The decision to reposition the ship from Shanghai to Singapore has been taken in the best interests of the safety and well-being for our passengers and crew, as was the decision to cancel our next three scheduled sailings from China.

MSC said major airlines have either cancelled or reduced their flight frequency to China and the Grand Voyage was entirely booked with guests flying from overseas.

MSC has cancelled calls to Naha, Japan and Hong Kong but has added new destinations to the Grand Voyage’s itinerary - Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City.

Any pre-paid excursions during the Grand Voyage that are cancelled to the ports of Naha and Hong Kong as a result of the new updated itinerary will be refunded to the customer’s ship board account.

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