Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, MSC Cruises will further extend the temporary fleet-wide halt of its cruise operation through to 31 July 2020.
For all guests who are currently booked on cruises between 1 August and 31 October 2020 their bookings will be covered under an extension of MSC’s flexible cruise programme, which allows guests to reschedule their cruise to a future departure date through to 31 December 2021 up to 48-hours prior to the original cruise departure or, for Fly&Cruise packages, up to 96-hours prior to the flight departure.
In a bold move, MSC has reconfirmed its full Summer Programme for 2021], starting in March 2021, which will include two new ships currently under construction and a series of new or enriched itineraries and homeports.
Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises, “While today we have taken the difficult decision to further extend the halt of operations of all our ships, it is important that we also look ahead as we know that our customers are dreaming of travel and are wanting to plan their holidays for next year. For this reason, we have now also confirmed our full summer programme for 2021.”
Below are key highlights of MSC Cruises Summer 2021 programme, which features all 17 vessels currently part of the Company’s fleet as well as the two new ships currently still under construction,MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore, for a total of 19.
MSC Cruises’ summer 2021 programme offers guests choice and flexibility, including:
- Mini-cruises of 3 or 4-nights, standard 7-night cruises to longer cruises of 9, 11 and 14-nights
- 19 ships to choose from guests can opt for more traditional ships to larger and modern ships with an abundance of outdoor space
Seaside Class Ships – Western Mediterranean
MSC Cruises’ three Seaside-class ships will all be deployed together for the first time in the Western Mediterranean. These ships – MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview and MSC Seashore – have been designed for the warmer weather with more generous outdoor space and are the perfect ships for guests who want to enjoy the sunshine and stunning ocean views in this popular cruise region.
MSC Seashore will now come into service from 1 August 2021 due to the delay that was caused by the temporary closure of the shipyard due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for this period, MSC Fantasia will temporarily cover her itinerary (with guests receiving a shipboard credit of €100 for this change.
She will be joined by sister ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview in their Genoa homeport and operate 7-night cruises. MSC will return to Tunisia from August when MSC Fantasia performs 7-night cruises from Genoa calling Marseille, Barcelona, the port of La Goulette in Tunis, Palermo and Civitavecchia.
Nine to 12-night cruises will also be available from Genoa, Italy in late summer to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal, Greece and Israel with MSC Poesia calling in the beautiful port of Haifa.
Enriched Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries
New for summer 2021, MSC Lirica will be deployed from Venice, Italy and will also offer embarkation in the northern Italian port of Trieste.
In addition, MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia, will offer 7-night itineraries also departing from Venice and calling the Greek islands, Montenegro and Croatia.
From 8 May the brand new MSC Virtuosa will spend her first summer season with 7- to 14-night cruises from the German port of Kiel, Germany alternating between the fjords and the Baltic capitals, with all itineraries offering embarkation in both Kiel and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The fjords of the Norwegian west coast and the Baltic Capitals can also be enjoyed on a 7-night to 14-night (back to back) itinerary available on MSC Splendida and she will also offer longer 10 and 11-night cruises to the Baltic capitals or North Cape.
MSC Magnifica will homeport in Southampton, UK and offer 7-night itineraries to the magical fjords of Norway, 14-nights to the Baltic capitals or the Mediterranean in mid-August, 12-nights to the Canary Islands and a 7-night cruise to calling the “Northern Pearls” of Hamburg, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium and Le Havre, France.
MSC Preziosa will offer from 9- to 14-night itineraries from Hamburg with destinations in Ireland, Iceland and North Cape and Spitzbergen in Norway.
Caribbean and The Bahamas
MSC Meraviglia will offer 7-night cruises from Miami in Florida departing every Saturday, while the classic MSC Armonia will offer new shorter 3-and 4-night getaway cruises also from Miami departing on Mondays and Fridays and calling Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
New for next summer, MSC Divina will sail for the first time from Port Canaveral, Florida – a new homeport for MSC Cruises – and offer a mix of 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises departing on Sundays and Thursdays. With this new home port, MSC Cruises’ guests will now have the option of exploring the Orlando area pre- or post-cruise and extending their holiday experience.
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will remain a key highlight of cruises in the Caribbean, with all three ships calling at the private island destination in The Bahamas.