We would like to inform you that MSC Cruises has made some changes to MSC Fantasiaâ€™s winter 2013/2014 itineraries from Genoa, starting November 25, 2013. As a result of current unrest in Egypt, and in order to guarantee the safety and peace of mind of guests, we will no longer be calling in Alexandria.
This port of call will be replaced with an exciting alternative destination, the legendary island of Crete, in Greece, which our guests will be able to explore from Heraklion. This beautiful and historic port is the capital of the island and boasts rich archaeological treasures alongside picturesque villages.
The itinerary has also been enriched with an extended call in Haifa, Israel, which will allow for a full two-day exploration of this ancient and spiritual land. The unique programme of shore excursions includes a visit to Jerusalem, crossroad of peoples and religions, the modern and elegant metropolis of Tel Aviv, Nazareth and Bethlehem, bursting with symbolism and historical significance, the ancient fortress of Masada and Galilee, another stunning site of the Holy Land.
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MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil. 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 Red Sea. Its modern fleet comprises twelve 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 ; and MSC Melody . 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. So far, MSC Cruises has raised over one million euros for the initiative.