24 July 2013. As a result of political unrest in Egypt, MSC Cruises has cancelled MSC Armonia’s 2013-2014 winter itineraries in the Red Sea.
Safety and security is MSC Cruises’ number one priority and the MSC fleet only ever sails to the safest destinations.
This winter, MSC Armonia travellers will now enjoy two exciting new itineraries departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a stunning volcanic island boasting breath-taking natural attractions including sublime sand dunes, beautiful marinas, tropical forests, craters and caves, as well as an intriguing history: it was from here that Christopher Columbus set off on his discovery of America.
With calls in Funchal, Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastian and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, MSC Armonia's first itinerary is an exploration of the best of the Canary Isles, encompassing great shopping and beach opportunities in fun tourist towns and blissful encounters with nature at its best.
Highlights of this diverse itinerary include visits to the National Park Caldera de Taburiente from La Palma, where travellers can explore one of the biggest craters in the world, and the circular Las Cañadas mountain range in Tenerife.
With calls in Casablanca, Agadir, Arrecife de Lanzarote and Puerto del Rosario, MSC Armonia's second itinerary will take in all the natural beauty of the Canary Isles as well as two popular destinations in mystical Morocco.
Visiting sacred mosques and magical bazaars, or simply being 'on location' in this iconic city, Casablanca offers travellers a rare experience, as well as the chance to travel further afield to the vibrant city of Marrakech. Another highlight of this itinerary is Agadir, Morocco's surfers paradise, where pleasure seekers can relax on the beach and the more adventurous can venture off into the region's stunning surroundings, the majestic Anti-Atlas mountains and awe-inspiring Sahara desert.
With a mild climate, winter sun, and fantastic natural, cultural and historical attractions, these two new itineraries offer an exciting alternative to the Red Sea.
The two itineraries can also be easily combined to offer travellers a unique 14-night voyage.
The new itineraries will be available to book from Wednesday, 23 July.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean , South Africa and Brazil and operates across the globe. MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Northern Europe , the Atlantic Ocean , the Caribbean , South America , South and West Africa and The United Arab Emirates. Its modern fleet comprises eleven ships: Fantasia-class MSC Divina , MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia ; Musica-class MSC Magnifica , MSC Poesia , MSC Orchestra , and MSC Musica ; Lirica-class MSC Sinfonia , MSC Armonia , MSC Opera and MSC Lirica . In 2013 the fleet will once again increase in size with the addition of MSC Preziosa , who will be christened in March. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board. MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, a long term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. To date, MSC Cruises has raised over two million euros for the initiative