MSC Cruises has revealed details of the short breaks and week-long summer sailings it will offer around the British Isles this summer from Southampton.
The waters around the UK are going to be crowded this summer, with MSC Cruises joining Princess Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises and others in offering a series of summer breaks.
MSC Seaside will be performing a new itinerary featuring seven-night cruises calling Genoa, Valetta in Malta and Civitavecchia with two first time ports of call – Siracusa in Sicily and Taranto in Puglia.
MSC Cruises said it was working closely with the Greek ministry of tourism with the aim of having cruise passengers visit the country starting with the upcoming Easter holiday period.
A small and private flag ceremony was held at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France where MSC Virtuosa received her official flag and blessings for good fortune.
Homeporting in Southampton for the summer of 2022, the ship will be welcomed to a brand-new terminal following a recently announced partnership with ABP Southampton.
MSC Cruises said it was in the process of contacting all travel agents and guests affected by the cancellation of two cruises onboard MSC Grandiosa in the wake of changing regulations in Italy.
MSC Cruises has confirmed an extension to the pause in operations of MSC Magnifica until Valentine’s Day, February 14th. This is nearly a month later than the planned return date of January 15th.
MSC Cruises will pause the operation of MSC Grandiosa later this month as regulations change in Italy. The line will also move the restart of operations onboard MSC Magnifica back to January.
The line has received safety certification from the official Japanese maritime classification society, ClassNK. The move is a major step towards an operational restart in the country in April.
MSC Cruises will be temporarily suspending further sailings of MSC Magnifica. The temporary suspension will affect sailing from November 8th through to December 18th, included.
The vessel becomes the second MSC Cruises ship to welcome guests back on board since the cruise line restarted operations in August. MSC Grandiosa was the first to return.