- New for the Caribbean, MSC Seashore — the Company’s flagship — to homeport in Miami
- Outstanding selection of Mediterranean itineraries with four ships and flexible embarkation options
- Up to 50% off 2021 and 2022 cruise vacations, Kids Sail Free and Flexible Cruise Changes
Geneva, Switzerland (December 15, 2020) — The pandemic has disrupted winter travel plans for vacationers all over the world this year, but that hasn’t stopped people from dreaming and planning their much-needed break for next winter.
MSC Cruises today reconfirmed their winter cruise program for the 2021/2022 season (October 2021 through April 2022) with a wide array of appealing itineraries in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, South America, South Africa and the Gulf region, as well as Grand Voyages (repositioning cruises), with new itineraries across continents and different oceans. Guests can choose from sought-after destinations and discover multiple countries, all while relaxing and unwinding in style on board some of the youngest and most modern cruise ships at sea, offering round-the-clock entertainment and activities, authentic international dining, award-winning kids and family offerings, luxurious spa and wellness facilities, boutique shopping and more.
The winter 2021/2022 program offers something for every type of traveler — those looking for a short getaway, families looking to enjoy the holidays together or adventurers seeking longer trips to discover new destinations. Through January 3, 2021, guests looking to book their future cruise getaway can enjoy up to 50% off, plus Kids Sail Free on select sailings, to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Northern Europe. In addition, with MSC Cruises’ Total CruiseFlex, cruisers have the flexibility to reschedule their booked cruise up to 48 hours before their departure to any ship and any sail date departing before April 30, 2022.
FOUR SHIPS SAILING FROM THE U.S. TO THE BAHAMAS AND CARIBBEAN
Further continuing a strong presence in North America, MSC Cruises will deploy four ships in the region next winter – with ships sailings from Miami as well as Orlando (Port Canaveral), a brand-new home port for the Company. In addition, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises’ private destination in The Bahamas, will remain a highlight of cruises from the U.S., with nearly all itineraries including a call at the island. Exclusive to MSC Cruises’ guests, the private island — located just 65 miles from Miami — is surrounded by 64 square miles of marine reserve, offering guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture and reconnect with themselves and each other as they enjoy the outdoors.
Following her inaugural season in the Mediterranean in summer 2021, MSC Seashore will head to her new homeport of Miami in November 2021, offering alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, including stops at Ocean Cay in The Bahamas. As the first of two enriched Seaside EVO Class ships, MSC Seashore has been enhanced with extended public spaces, more staterooms and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any cruise ship in the Company’s fleet. The ship will include a new double deck show lounge below the aft pool; an extended indoor main pool allowing for more outdoor space; and new specialty dining restaurants, with an area connected to the ship’s outdoor promenade for an al fresco dining option.
The classic and charming MSC Armonia, homeporting in Miami, will offer a choice of 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises that include Ocean Cay, and on some itineraries offering an overnight stay at the stunning private island.
MSC Divina, known for her elegance and sophistication, will start the season out of Orlando (Port Canaveral), before then moving to Miami in December 2021. This popular ship for the U.S will offer a range of itineraries with 3- and 4-night short cruises to Ocean Cay and Nassau in The Bahamas, a variety of different 7-night itineraries and extended 11-night cruises (starting in December 2021) that call Jamaica, Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Ocean Cay.
For the first time the innovative and wondrous MSC Meraviglia will homeport in Orlando (Port Canaveral) offering a mix of shorter 3- and 4-night cruises as well as 6-, 7-and 8-night cruises (starting November 2021) with full day calls in the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel.
MSC SEAVIEW - NEW FOR THE ANTILLES
MSC Seaview will also call the Caribbean home during the winter 2021/2022 season, this time homeporting in Fort-de-France, in the shadow of Mount Pelée and a stone’s throw from the Jardin de Balata botanical gardens. She will sail from the capital of Martinique on through the Antilles and West Indies, with a series of 7-night cruises. Highlights include Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe and Antigua and Barbuda, where the mesmerizing clear blue waters and white sandy beaches will appeal to sun-worshippers’ desires.
STRONG MEDITERRANEAN HERITAGE
MSC Cruises is renowned for its iconic Mediterranean cruises, with varied itineraries and the most embarkation ports of any cruise line in the region. For Winter 2021/2022, four ships will be deployed in this popular region.
MSC Grandiosa, will call in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Genoa, with its numerous palaces and winding streets, will serve as a key embarkation port for guests, as well as the artistic and gastronomic wonderland of Barcelona and key to the South of France, Marseille. In addition to these gems, the ship will call in the beautiful Palermo, Civitavecchia for access to Rome, and the awe-inspiring old port of Valletta, Malta.
The glamorous MSC Fantasia will also sail a classic 7-night itinerary with the choice of multiple embarkation ports in MSC Cruises’ most visited destinations including Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa, as well as Italian cultural highlights, including La Spezia – with easy connections to Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre – and Naples – famous for their pizzas the world over, before calling in Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic islands.
MSC Magnifica will offer extended 11-night cruises with two different itineraries for those looking for a little more adventure next winter. The first starts in Genoa and then to Greece, calling Katakolon, Piraeus and Rhodes before reaching Haifa in Israel where the ship remains overnight allowing a full day to discover ashore, and then on to Heraklion, Civitavecchia and back to Genoa. The second itinerary visits five countries – starting in Genoa, then heading to Barcelona in Spain, Casablanca in Morocco for an extended stay, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal in Portugal, Malaga in Spain and then Civitavecchia and Genoa in Italy.
WINTER SUN IN THE GULF
The Gulf region will host two MSC Cruises’ ships for the winter season and guests will be able to attend the postponed Expo 2020 Dubai, which will now commence in October 2021.
MSC Virtuosa, one of the Company’s newest ships, launching in April 2021, will spend her first winter season in the region, homeporting in Dubai. From there, the ship will sail to the nearby modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, on to Sir Bani Yas Island, where guests will have a chance to discover an exotic array of wildlife or bask in the warm sun on the immaculate beaches, all exclusive to MSC Cruises on the days which the ships call. The ship also calls Bahrain, and Doha, the futuristic capital of Qatar, before returning to Dubai with an overnight in the city to discover all the marvels it has to offer.
MSC Opera, will offer a 7-night itinerary that includes two overnights in Dubai to allow guests to fully explore this incredible city as well as calling Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas and Muscat in Oman, one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Gulf.
2022 MSC WORLD CRUISE
Guests seeking to explore the world can sail aboard MSC Poesia on a brand-new 116-night itinerary around the globe departing on January 5, 2022. The World Cruise will visit 43 amazing destinations in 24 countries with nine overnight stays.
The program for Winter 2021/2022 in South America will feature four modern ships with embarkation in Brazil, as well as a fifth ship in the region with embarkations in Argentina.
MSC Seaside will sail 6-, 7-, 8-nights from Santos, Brazil. MSC Preziosa will offer 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-night sailings from Santos as well as 7- and 8-night cruises from Rio de Janeiro, calling Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Splendida will also sail 7-night cruises from Santos, also calling Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Sinfonia will homeport in Itajai, Brazil with 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-night cruises calling Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Orchestra will homeport in Buenos Aires, Argentina with 8-, 9-, and 10-night sailings also calling Brazil and Uruguay.
MSC Lirica will join MSC Musica in South Africa. MSC Lirica will homeport in Cape Town and MSC Musica in Durban between November 2021 and April 2022 to offer 14 different cruise itineraries that range in length from 2 to 14 nights. The two ships will alternate their routes to provide cruisers with a wider choice of options to suit their vacation needs.
MSC GRAND VOYAGES/REPOSITIONING CRUISES - 81 ports of call in 38 countries
Between October and November 2021, MSC Cruises will expand its already rich itineraries portfolio, with 11 new inspiring Grand Voyages across eleven ships. The new MSC Grand Voyages for the Winter will depart from the major ports worldwide and will last from 17 to 26 nights. In Spring 2022, 11 Grand Voyages, ranging from 15 to 27 nights, will be available with ships returning from the Gulf, Brazil and Argentina, South Africa, Martinique and the U.S., sailing to Europe for the start of the Summer 2022 season. During this unforgettable cruise vacation, MSC Cruises’ guests will have the opportunity to explore and learn from the cultures they will come across thanks to a wide selection of shore excursions.
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About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the brand leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence also in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is part of MSC Group, the privately held Swiss-based leading shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises — the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 17 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2024 with options for further vessel orders in place through 2027.
MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships please see here.
The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve. In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol please see here.
MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship with a long-term goal to achieve zero emissions for its operations. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry-wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment please see here.
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