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Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 27, 2020

Happy New Year! Before we pop champagne and toast to a better year next year, we have a look back at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week to share.

Earlier this week, The Port of Galveston said they have been told by Royal Caribbean plans for a new cruise terminal are still a go for 2021.

During the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of Galveston Wharves, the Port of Galveston reported that Cruise Terminal 3 is still scheduled to begin construction in April 2021 so that it can be ready to open in October 2022. 

The new Terminal 3 in Galveston will be built on 10 acres of land at Pier 10, and will be used exclusively by Royal Caribbean.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 386th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, featuring an interview with two Royal Caribbean executives discussing the legacy of Empress and Majesty of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean announced it has sold two cruise ships, and this week, Ken Rush and Raimund Gschaider join me to say farewell to Majesty and Empress of the Seas with a look back each ship’s legacy.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: Top 8 things people that cruise a lot say all the time!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — Top 8 things people that cruise a lot say all the time! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Quantum of the Seas Live Blog

Did you know this week we have a live blog running from the only Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing right now?

Our friends at Singapore Cruise Society are on Quantum of the Seas and sharing daily updates from the ship.

You can catch up on what it’s like to be on a cruise ship with all of their updates:

MSC Cruise Ship Postpones Sailings in Greece

Voyages on board MSC Magnifica, which were supposed to start sailing on January 7, 2021, to Greece and the Greek islands, have been postponed once more. The vessel will now operate starting February 14, 2021.

Greek Government’s Local Lockdown Measures

Already on December 7, 2020, Greece announced it would be going into a full lockdown to curtail the effects of the second wave of infections. While Schengen country nationals are still able to enter the country, cruise ships are only allowed to make technical calls at this time.

As it is not sure when the lockdown measures will be lifted, and MSC Cruises expects or thinks it is possible that the lockdown is to be extended, the cruise line has decided to postpone any voyages in Greece until February 14 at least.

MSC Cruises has stated on their website that any guests booked on-board MSC Magnifica can rebook their voyage to MSC Grandiosa. MSC Grandiosa is set to resume her voyages from Genoa, Italy, on January 10, where she will be sailing on a Western Mediterranean itinerary.

Cruises Extremely Restricted

Europe is becoming extremely restricted when it comes to cruising. While we had a positive notion ongoing in Europe earlier in the year, currently, the mood has certainly changed.

Germany has already banned cruises departing from all of its ports, as has The Netherlands and the UK as well. Italy will only be allowing cruises to depart again after the new year. MSC cruises have already postponed voyages onboard MSC Grandiosa.

Not only are the countries from which cruises depart restrictive. MSC has now announced it will only allow passengers from certain countries onboard their ships.

At this time, and until further notice, MSC ships sailings will only welcome guests from the following Schengen countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

MSC Magnifica at SeaMSC Magnifica at Sea
Photo Courtesy: MSC Cruises

Cruises To Nowhere Not An Option

Cruises to nowhere are not an option for either the Greek government or the Italian government. Therefore, the first voyage back in operation for MSC Grandiosa will be a 7-night cruise departing January 10, from Genoa, Italy.

This cruise will call on several fan favorites like Civitavecchia, from which you can visit Rome, as well as Naples and Palermo, or the ancient port city of Valetta in Malta.

The first voyage back in operation for MSC Magnifica will be a fascinating voyage from Genoa in Northern Italy on February 14.

The itinerary will include Genoa, Italy; Livorno, Italy; At Sea; Messina, Italy; Valletta, Malta, At Sea; Piraeus, Greece; Katakolon, Greece; At Sea; Civitavecchia, Italy; Genoa, Italy.

Again, those people booked on any voyages onboard MSC Magnifica prior to February 14, 2021, may rebook their voyage onboard MSC Grandiosa. We do recommend contacting your travel agent, or cruise line for any further information.

Also Read: 10 Must-Know Things About the MSC Seaside Cruise Ship

About MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnica was built in Saint Nazare, at the STX Europe shipyards in 2009, and entered service in 2010. She was the 4th vessel from the Musica Class of ships to be delivered, the build of the vessel cost MSC Cruises $547 million.

The vessel is 293.8 meters long and weighs in at 93.330 GT. At full capacity, she can carry 3,605 passengers and 1027 crew members. MSC Magnifica features 13 passenger decks, which include a 1,250-seat Art Deco-style theatre, casino, cinema, bowling alley, and a large number of dining areas and bars

MSC Magnifica Cruise ShipMSC Magnifica Cruise Ship

Cruise Line Extends Cruise Ship Cancelations an Extra Month

A cruise line has extended their pause in cruise operations on one of their cruise ships that was scheduled to resume cruises after the holiday season.

MSC Cruises has announced the extension to the pause of operations for MSC Magnifica in connection with the additional lockdown measures that the Greek government have recently put in place ashore to manage the pandemic and that will now likely extend beyond the current holiday period.

As part of these measures, passenger ships are only able to make technical calls in Greek ports.

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Due to the uncertainty at this stage as to whether these ports will fully re-open on January 7 or if these measures will be extended further, as is very likely to be the case, the cruise line has taken the decision to postpone the resumption of operations for MSC Magnifica until February 14, 2021, for the benefit of its guests.

MSC Cruises ships operate under the protection of the company’s comprehensive health & safety protocol.

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately owned ocean cruise line with 17 cruise ships in their fleet. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2024 with options for further vessel orders in place through 2027.