Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises Cancel Sailings

Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises have announced cancellations on approaching departures amid China's ongoing coronavirus crisis

Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are among cruise operators who have announced cancellations of some Asian itineraries as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak that is thought to have originated in Wuhan, China and has now spread to several other Chinese cities, including Shanghai.

A spokesperson from Royal Caribbean has said: “In light of the latest developments with the coronavirus outbreak in China, we are suspending the 27 January sailing of Spectrum of the Seas, currently our only ship home ported in China.

“We are working with our guests to provide full refunds for the cancellation.”

RCI have stressed the primary concern being that of health and safety of both staff and passengers. The Spectrum sailing from Shanghai due this Monday has already been cancelled but currently, there are no further updates on future sailings

MSC, meanwhile, has cancelled MSC Splendida’s Tuesday sailing (28 January) stating they are following “urgent guidelines from the Chinese government to combat the spread of the coronavirus”.

“MSC Cruises is required to cancel the upcoming cruise with MSC Splendida on 28 January,” MSC have released in a statement.

“Guests booked on this cruise have the option to receive a full refund of their cruise ticket and port charges, or book an alternative sailing with an equivalent price and receiving additional onboard credit – with an embarkation date before the end of the year.”

Splendida will remain in port for the duration of its cruise scheduled for this week (until 1 February).

MSC added: “We will continue to closely monitor the public health and safety situation in China and are consulting with international and local health authorities, as well as the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, and strictly follow their advice and recommendations.

“Guests and travel partners have been informed and will be kept abreast of any further changes as the situation evolves.”