MSC Cruises launches new and updated European and Mediterranean itineraries for Summer 2021

   April 16, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The world's largest family-owned cruise company MSC announced new and updated itineraries in Europe and the Mediterranean for this coming summer.

MSC liners offering the fully confirmed itineraries are due to operate under the same industry-leading health & safety protocol that has been protecting 60,000+ MSC Cruises passengers sailing on its vessels in the Mediterranean since August 2020.

MSC Seashore cruise ship

  • 3 cruise ships in the Western Mediterranean, visiting Italy and Malta

MSC Grandiosa is expected to initially extend her current 7-night itinerary, visiting the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Palermo, and Valletta, Malta. The Spanish ports of Barcelona and Valencia will be added to the itinerary as soon as the destinations confirm availability.

MSC Seaside commences sailing on May 1 from Genoa calling at the newly introduced ports of Siracusa (Sicily) and Taranto (Puglia), as well as Civitavecchia and Valetta in Malta. The itinerary is then to be enriched with visits to the French port of Marseille as soon as availability is confirmed. In addition to the range of protected excursions developed for the itinerary of MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises is introducing a private beach experience in Taranto. 

MSC Seashore is joining the MSC Cruises fleet at the end of July to become its newest flagship and from August 1 until October 31 will offer 7-night voyages calling the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, Messina, as well as Valletta (Malta), Barcelona (Spain), and Marseille (France).

  • 3 ships in the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting Italy, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro

MSC Cruises is deploying 3 ships in the region for the upcoming summer cruise season with ports of embarkation in Italy from Bari, Trieste, and Venice, as well as Piraeus (Athens, Greece), visiting some of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Kotor (Montenegro), and the ports of Dubrovnik and Split (Croatia).

MSC Orchestra is scheduled to depart on June 5 offering embarkation in the Italian ports of Venice (Saturdays), Bari (Sundays), and then at the Greek Islands of Corfu, Mykonos, and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

MSC Splendida is commencing operations from June 12 with embarkation in Trieste (Saturdays) and Bari (Tuesdays), visiting Dubrovnik, Corfu, and Kotor.

MSC Magnifica starts sailings from June 20 with embarkation in Venice (Sundays), Bari (Mondays), and Piraeus (Athens, Wednesdays), then visiting the Greek Island of Mykonos and Split in Croatia.

  • UK Domestic Cruises

From May 20, flagship MSC Virtuosa is due to perform her inaugural season in the United Kingdom and offer mini cruises out of Southampton visiting Portland (Dorset) on the Jurassic coast. From June 12, she is scheduled to operate 7-night sailings from Southampton UK with embarkation in Liverpool, Greenock (Glasgow), and also visiting Portland and Belfast (Northern Ireland). The cruises are designed for British residents only and are open to vaccinated and non-vaccinated passengers. All guests will be tested before embarkation.

  • Germany, Northern Europe

Due to the current uncertainty, MSC Cruises ships have to delay the start of their summer season from ports in Germany until June 15. At the same time, the company announced that MSC Seaview is due to homeport in Kiel, starting on June 19 and replacing MSC Virtuosa. MSC Preziosa is scheduled to depart on June 21 from Hamburg, and MSC Musica on June 20 from Warnemunde, if the German ports are open.

The 3 ships are scheduled to serve 7-night and longer sailings with itineraries either to the Baltic capitals or to the Norwegian fjords, as per their current schedule.

MSC Cruises confirmed the cancellation of its Caribbean voyages from ports in the USA up to/including June 30. Flexible booking conditions apply to all bookings made before May 31.