The line confirmed its northern winter/austral summer 2021/22 program that also features Mediterranean, South America, South Africa and Arabian Gulf cruises, as well as grand voyages.
Through Jan. 3, North American travelers can save to 50% and take advantage of a Kids Sail Free offer, on select sailings, to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. In addition, with 'Total CruiseFlex,' travelers have the flexibility to reschedule up to 48 hours before their departure to any other ship and sailing departing before April 30, 2022.
Four ships stateside
Continuing its strong presence in North America, MSC Cruises will deploy four ships from the US with sailings from Miami and Port Canaveral, a new homeport for the line starting in spring 2021. Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas will be featured on nearly all itineraries from the US.
Following its inaugural Mediterranean season in summer 2021, MSC Seashore will head to PortMiami in November 2021 to sail alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. As the first of two Seaside EVO ships, MSC Seashore has extended public spaces, more staterooms and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the company’s fleet.
MSC Armonia, also homeporting in Miami, will offer a choice of three-, four- and seven-night cruises that include Ocean Cay, and on some itineraries stay overnight there.
MSC Divina will start the from Port Canaveral before moving to Miami in December 2021. Itineraries include three- and four-night jaunts to Ocean Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, a variety of different seven-night itineraries and extended 11-night cruises (starting in December 2021) that call at Jamaica, Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Ocean Cay.
MSC Meraviglia's Canaveral debut
For the first time MSC Meraviglia will homeport at Port Canaveral, offering a mix of three- and four-night cruises as well as six-, seven- and eight-night cruises (starting November 2021) with full day calls at Costa Maya and Cozumel.
MSC Seaview from Martinique
MSC Seaview will also call the Caribbean home during the winter 2021/2022 season, this time homeporting at Fort-de-France, Martinique. Seven-night cruises include St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and Antigua.
Four Med ships
MSC Grandiosa will embark passengers in Genoa, Barcelona and Marseille for cruises to Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Valletta, Malta.
MSC Fantasia will also sail a classic seven-night itinerary with the choice of embarking from Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa, with calls at La Spezia, Naples and Palma de Mallorca.
MSC Magnifica will offer extended 11-night cruises with two different itineraries, one starting at Genoa sailing to Greece for Katakolon, Piraeus and Rhodes before reaching Haifa in Israel (overnight) then on to Heraklion, Civitavecchia and back to Genoa. The second itinerary, also round-trip Genoa, visits Barcelona, Casablanca (extended stay), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal, Málaga and Civitavecchia.
MSC Poesia will offer five- and 10-night cruises from Genoa before embarking on the 2022 world cruise from Genoa on Jan. 5.
Winter sun in the Gulf
The Arabian Gulf will host MSC Virtuosa and MSC Opera, with opportunities to attend the postponed Expo 2020 Dubai, which will now commence in October 2021.
MSC Virtuosa, set to debut in April 2021, will spend its first winter season in the region, homeporting in Dubai for cruises to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island Bahrain and Qatar.
MSC Opera, will offer a seven-night itinerary that includes two overnights in Dubai and visits Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas and Muscat.
MSC Poesia's 116-night world cruise will visit 43 destinations in 24 countries with nine overnight stays.
Five ships in South America
The austral summer South America program will feature four ships sailing from Brazil and a one from Argentina
MSC Seaside will sail six-, seven- and eight-night cruises from Santos, Brazil. MSC Preziosa will offer three-, four-, five-, six- and seven-night sailings from Santos as well as seve- and eight-night cruises from Rio de Janeiro, calling Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Splendida will also offer weeklong cruises from Santos, also calling Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Sinfonia will homeport at Itajai, Brazil, for six-, seven-, eight- and nine-night cruises calling Uruguay and Argentina.
Based at Buenos Aires, MSC Orchestra will sail eight-, nine- and 10-night cruises to Brazil and Uruguay.
MSC Lirica will join MSC Musica in South Africa. MSC Lirica will homeport at Cape Town and MSC Musica at Durban between November 2021 and April 2022 to offer 14 different itineraries that range from two to 14 nights. The two ships will alternate their routes to provide a wider choice of options.
In addition, MSC Cruises will offer a host of repositioning cruises operated by 11 ships. These 17- to 26-day grand voyages will be available with ships returning from the Gulf, Brazil and Argentina, South Africa, Martinique and the US, sailing to Europe for the start of the summer 2022 season.