For Commercial and instrument ratings 61.1 (ii) you only have to navigate to a point of landing that is 50nm away. If you do a zero/zero takeoff and then perform a enroute procedures under the hood shoot the approach down to MDA. That in and of itself counts as a cross country for the pilot manipulating the controls, without landing. So if the safety pilot was the take over and conduct the landing, that would be technically and cross country for both pilots? Seeing as the safety pilot was required for the takeoff, enroute procedures and landing.
"Includes a landing" and "includes a point of landing" are two different things.
(ii) For the purpose of meeting the aeronautical experience requirements (except for a rotorcraft category rating), for a private pilot certificate (except for a powered parachute category rating), a commercial pilot certificate, or an instrument rating, or for the purpose of exercising recreational pilot privileges (except in a rotorcraft) under § 61.101 (c), time acquired during a flight -
(A) Conducted in an appropriate aircraft;
(B) That includes a point of landing that was at least a straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and
(C) That involves the use of dead reckoning, pilotage, electronic navigation aids, radio aids, or other navigation systems to navigate to the landing point.