MSC Announces 2019-2020 Cruise Season

By ,   February 23, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises announced 2019-2020 winter cruise season. The new itineraries span the globe to include a private island, new ports, ships, and more.

In the Mediterranean, the new MSC Grandiosa will sail in the Western Med during winter 2019-2020 season. Bookings open on March 5, 2018, for the new megaship, which will be the first of Meraviglia Plus class and feature the exciting Cirque du Soleil at Sea.

MSC Grandiosa cruise ship

MSC Cruises Sinfonia will also sail in the Mediterranean, but on longer, 11-, 12- and 14-night voyages. A new 2-week-long itinerary will also be offered onboard MSC Sinfonia. The cruise calls at port of Haifa. Passengers spend 2 full days discovering the ancient cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Other ports of call include Rome, Messina, Barcelona, Genoa, Marseille, the island of Rhodes, Limassol and Heraklion. Passengers can also book the new 12-night Mediterranean itinerary that sails from Genoa to exotic destinations like Tangier, Cartagena and Funchal. The sailing concludes in Rome.

MSC also announced that before heading to Miami, MSC Meraviglia will sail 12-night itineraries out of New York. Two 10-night, roundtrip sailings from NY will be offered, before heading to Canadian ports. MSC Meraviglia will finish a 17-night Transatlantic cruise from Kiel calling in Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Iceland and Canada prior to heading back to New York.

With MSC Cruises deploying 6 ships for 2019-2020 winter season, there'll be more ways for its guests to experience the Caribbean in 2019-2020. A highlight is the opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in 2019 winter. The new private island, exclusively for MSC travelers, offers 40 acres of beaches that are split into 6 distinct areas.

Once in the Caribbean, Meraviglia will sail 2 different Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Miami. MSC Seaside will continue to sail 7-nights from Miami to eastern and western Caribbean. Seaside, Meraviglia, Armonia and Divina will all call on the island. The specially built pier allows passengers open access to move between port and ship at leisure.

In November 2019 MSC Divina will return from the Mediterranean and will sail a couple of long cruises from Miami FL. The first will be an 11-night trip to Jamaica, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. The 2nd will be a 10-night trip that includes Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Maarten, Tortola and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Preziosa will also sail in the Caribbean, from Fort de France and Pointe-a-Pitre. These two 7-night, 7-port cruises can be combined into a 14-night voyage, visiting the Tortola, St. Maarten, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be home to one of line’s newest ships. MSC Bellissima, which enters service in 2019 spring, will sail in the Mediterranean and then in the Middle East during winter. Two different 7-night itineraries are offered. Passengers sail to Sir Bani Yas Island, Khasab and Muscat or Bahrain and Qatar.

MSC Lirica will join MSC Bellissima in the region with longer Persian Gulf cruises. A 14-night itinerary offers overnights in Goa and Mumbai, and an 11-night cruise features Muscat and an overnight stay in Oman.

In January 2020, MSC Cruises will feature a new world voyage onboard MSC Magnifica. The journey will visit more than 40 destinations in 23 different countries, spanning 5 continents over 3 months.