Geneva, Switzerland (June 21, 2021) – MSC Cruises today announced that it will add Tunisia and the country’s port of La Goulette to its summer 2022 sailings in the Mediterranean.


Mr. Habib Ammar, Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism, and Mr.Foued Ben Othman for the country’s Minister of Transport met with PierfrancescoVago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, and the line’sCEO, Gianni Onorato,at its Geneva headquarters to agree the planned voyages for next year of MSC OperaThe ship will add to its current scheduled itinerary the port of La Goulette for a total of 27 calls from April to October 2022.


PierfrancescoVago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “Tunisia is a beautiful and hospitable country that holds a special place in the heart of MSC Group, from cargo to ferries and cruises. And I have no doubt that having La Goulette on our Western Mediterranean itinerary for MSC Opera next summer will be again a great attraction for many of our guests who wish to visit this incredible country. There is so much to see and enjoy such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of ancient archaeological marvels at Carthage, the charming and picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said and the Medina of Tunis with its hundreds of monuments, palaces, mosques and fountains.”

Mr. Habib Ammar, Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism said, “We are very excited at the prospect of MSC Cruises’ return to Tunisia next summer and guests of MSC Opera can be assured that they will discover spectacular and beautiful attractions in our wonderful country and the warmest of welcomes.”

MSC Cruises and the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism also agreed to work jointly on dedicated future communications programsparticularly in Italy, France and Germany, to promote the attractiveness of Tunisia as a destination and cruises as a preferred option to explore and enjoy its numerous tourist attractions. 


About MSC Cruises


MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the 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 in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets. 


Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises  the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 18 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025 with options for six vessel orders in place through 2030.


MSC Cruises offersits 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 industrywide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment please see here.  


Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments please see here.