MSC suspends port calls in Ukraine and Egypt

By ,   April 23, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises announced that it had suspended remaining calls in Ukraine and Egypt for 2015, replacing them with Mediterranean alternatives.

The company stated that MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica, MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia would from autumn 2015 to winter 2016, include Bulgaria, the Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes, as well as Cyprus and Israel into their cruises. The move had been taken in response to the on-going political unrest in Ukraine and Egypt.

The affected sailings are, as follows:

MSC Fantasia - 11-day Eastern Mediterranean: Heraklion, Crete and Rhodes, Greece replace Alexandria, Egypt. The departure dates affected are six: Dec 17, 2015; Jan 8, Jan 30, Feb 21, Mar 14 and Mar 25, 2016.

MSC Opera - 12-day Eastern Mediterranean: Heraklion, Crete and Rhodes, Greece replace Alexandria, Egypt. The departures affected are three: Sept 28, Oct 10 and Oct 22, 2015.

MSC Sinfonia - 12-day Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea from Genoa: Odessa, Ukraine is replaced with Burgas, Bulgaria. Two departures are affected: Sept 17 and Oct 11, 2015.

In addition, port calls in Egypt have been removed from the ‘Grand Voyages’ repositioning sailing of MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia when the ships leave the Continent in October and November and head for their winter home ports in Dubai, UAE and Durban, South Africa respectively. MSC Sinfonia will instead call at Eilat, Israel and Heraklion, Crete, and MSC Musica will also visit Heraklion.