With the introduction of new Red Sea itineraries for 2012-2013, MSC Cruises has created a unique opportunity for guests to experience the rich, historical region, from the crystal clear waters to the golden dunes and pristine beaches.
On Nov. 2, 2012, MSC Armonia will depart Venice on an 8-night cruise to her new homeport of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with stops in Ancona, Italy; Heraklion, Greece; and Marmaris, Turkey as well as a transit of the Suez Canal.
MSC Armonia will then begin a series of weekly roundtrip 7-night cruises from Nov. 10, 2012 through April 6, 2013, each stopping at Safaga, Egypt; Elat, Israel, Aqaba, Jordan; and Sokhna Port, Egypt.
On each itinerary guests will find breathtaking beauty, rich history and culture, relaxation and adventure through a diverse choice of experience. The golden sands and crystal clear waters are ideal for sunbathing and discovering underwater worlds. Enjoy the therapeutic effect of floating on the high-saline waters of the Dead Sea or taking an invigorating clay bath.
More adventurous guests can ride desert trails on a Jeep or camel. Sample local sweet tea at Bedouin settlements or admire beautiful mirages, rocky outcrops and glorious sunsets while touring the Arabian Desert. Experience rugged wilderness and endangered wildlife in the Arava Valley or Timna Park.
For a look into the region’s past, visit Mount Sinai, the Wadi Rum Valley, which has been inhabited since prehistoric periods, or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, the rose-red city. Tour some of Egypt’s famous sites, from the pyramids and the Nile to Saladin’s Citadel. A drive-and-fly tour to Jerusalem offers a close-up look at the Holy City.
On April 6, 2013, MSC Armonia departs on a 9-night return to Venice, with stops in Sokna Port, Egypt; Limassol, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; Rhodes and Heraklion, Greece; and Kotor, Montenegro.
MSC Armonia has 777 staterooms, sophisticated and elegant décor, 4 restaurants, the MSC Aurea Spa, the finest in Mediterranean and international cuisine and international entertainment, a mini-golf course, casino, children’s club and much more.