· The introduction of MSC Grandiosa to the fleet will offer guests the opportunity to rediscover the gems of the Mediterranean
· Guests looking for more flexibility can book onto MSC Cruises’ butterfly cruises
· A new itinerary for Asia is announced for MSC Bellissima
Geneva, Switzerland (August 20, 2019) — The greatest experiences are the ones you can share with others. And, with MSC Cruises a vacation is made unforgettable by connecting travelers with people from all over the world, offering enriching and immersive cruise experiences, and creating an experience inspired by a strong European heritage. The combination of international cuisine, world-class entertainment and award-winning* family offering are ideal perfect for couples, friends and families alike. Now is the time to plan and book to travel in style to the world’s most beautiful locations.
The Mediterranean introducing MSC Grandiosa’s First Summer Season
Experts in Mediterranean cruising, MSC Cruises will deploy 12 ships in this popular region. MSC Grandiosa will become the newest flagship in the Company’s fleet when she launches in November, calling at Genoa and Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France. The new flagship will offer a number of rich experiences, from world-class entertainment with brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, a wide choice of international dining options, original activities for families to an enhanced MSC Yacht Club. MSC Grandiosa will become the second MSC Cruises ship to feature ZOE, the world’s first virtual cruise personal assistant and new updates to the innovative MSC for Me digital innovation program.
Alongside MSC Grandiosa, three other ships will sail in the Western Mediterranean in 2020 - MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and MSC Seaview, rediscovering the gems of the continent:
· The beautiful MSC Seaview will call at Barcelona on Saturdays, followed by Ajaccio, France; Genoa, La Spezia and Civitavecchia, Italy; Cannes, France and Palma de Mallorca on Fridays.
· MSC Divina will call at Genoa, Italy; Marseille, France, Barcelona, Spain followed by thrilling party-destination, Ibiza then Naples and Livorno, Italy.
MSC Fantasia, will call Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Spain and Marseille, France.
In the Eastern Mediterranean, with six ships in region, MSC Cruises are offering a cruise that suits everyone looking for a charming experience in this picturesque region:
· MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Magnifica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera will all offer itineraries from Venice in the Greek Islands and the best of the Adriatic Sea: highlights include Dubrovnik, Mykonos and Santorini to name a few. During peak season, MSC Lirica will be offering itineraries including Valletta, Malta and Syracuse.
· For those who simply crave a few days off relaxing on the sea, MSC Cruises are offering three to five days of mini-breaks, where guests can replenish and experience a taste of the extraordinary visuals that the brand can show you.
Experience Natural Beauty in the Caribbean
The sunny Caribbean is a must for cruise lovers and will feature two MSC Cruises ships throughout the summer season:
· During 2020, the iconic MSC Seaside will continue her reign in the Caribbean, sailing seven-night itineraries from Miami and experiencing the rhythmic beats of Ocho Rios, the idyllic surroundings of George Town and the Mexican paradise of Cozumel.
· Rounding out the Western Caribbean, MSC Armonia will also be featured in the Caribbean this summer season. This ship will call Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico or Key West. Both MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia will also call at the new private destination Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, officially opening this November. This stunning island will allow guests to discover the beautiful natural environment and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas.
Discover the Adventurous Wonders of Northern Europe
Four MSC Cruises ships will be deployed in Northern Europe for summer 2020, the perfect opportunity to visit Scandinavian and Eastern European gems, including:
· Longer cruises of up to 14 nights will be offered on MSC Preziosa, sailing from Hamburg with cruises in the Baltics, Fjords and North Cape. MSC Preziosa will also offer seven-night Northern Pearls cruises from Hamburg calling at Le Havre, Southampton, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
· MSC Poesia, homeported in Warnemünde will offer 11-night Baltic cruises and a mixture of seven-night cruises, visiting the Fjords in Norway and the Baltic capitals. Guests can experience a longer break with a larger range of destinations and combine two different routes by booking on one of the back-to-back butterfly cruises. MSC Poesia’s highlight will be her stunning 21-night cruise featuring Greenland and Iceland, two spots perfect for adventure-seekers and nature lovers.
· After spending the winter season in the Caribbean, MSC Meraviglia, the ship for all seasons, will return to Northern Europe, homeporting in Kiel (Germany) on Saturdays and taking guests on a cultural trip round Copenhagen, Helsinki and St. Petersburg as well as the Fjords including Hellesylt, Alesund and Flaam, Norway.
· MSC Splendida, will join MSC Meraviglia in their homeport of Kiel, with a variety of itineraries, including a long cruise to the Emerald Isle of Ireland and the North Cape, calling at Tallinn and Stockholm offering cruises in the Fjords including Bergen, Olden, Flaam, Stavanger plus the Baltics.
Longer Cruises & Mini Breaks
· MSC Poesia and MSC Splendida autumn cruises offer 12 or nine-night cruises respectively to Portugal and Morocco, or Madeira and Canary Islands.
· MSC Poesia will also offer 3, 4 or 5-night cruises from Genoa, Italy.
Set sail in the charming Far East
Explore Asia in style and join MSC Belissima on one of three new itineraries for 2020 with a choice of different length cruises. In June, July and August, a six or seven-night cruise departing from Shanghai, Asia’s shopping paradise will then call at Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama and finally Osaka, none other than a perfect combination of energic cities, iconic street food markets and awe-inspiring city skylines. Meanwhile, a stunning nine-night cruise in October from Tokyo, Japan will offer guests the chance to visit Wakyama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, Japan before calling at Ganjeong, Korea and then Yokohama, Japan. Finally, for those looking for a taster of Asia by sea, there is a choice of three or four-night cruises for China and Japan.