MSC to sail 10 ships from 15 ports this summer in Europe and the Mediterranean

The MSC Seashore will join MSC Cruises at the end of July to become its new flagship and from August – October will call on the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France. Photo: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises underscored its readiness to resume sailing this week by announcing new and updated itineraries in the Mediterranean and across Europe onboard as many as 10 of its ships for this coming summer.

MSC reports that it has transported over 60,000 guests sailing on the line’s ships in the Mediterranean since August 2020. The ships covered by this announcement will operate under the same health and safety protocol that protected its guests since sailing re- commenced last summer.

     The cruise line expects to add new itineraries over the coming weeks as soon as additional ports and tourist destinations become available.

Among the highlights of its summer season, MSC is introducing a new private beach experience developed for Taranto in Puglia exclusively for MSC Seaside guests.

Ships and itineraries

     MSC will deploy three ships in the West Mediterranean, calling on Italy and Malta: MSC Grandiosa, MSC Seaside (which will feature the new Taranto private beach), and MSC Seashore, which will join MSC Cruises at the end of July to become its new flagship.

     The three ships in the East Mediterranean, calling at ports in Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro, include MSC Orchestra, MSC Splendid and MSC Magnifica.

The line’s flagship MSC Virtuosa will sail her inaugural season with domestic cruises in the UK.

Germany, Northern Europe

MSC Cruises delayed the start of its summer season in Germany until June 15 due to uncertainty regarding the reopening of local ports. When the local ports open, the market will be served by the MSC Seaview, the MSC Preziosa and the MSC Musica.

MSC Cruises also confirmed the cancellation of its Caribbean sailings from ports in the USA up to and including June 30.