MSC Musica set sail for the first of her planned 23 seven-night summer 2022 voyages to Katakolon in Greece, the traditional birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini, plus Bari in Italy, before she returns next weekend to her seasonal homeport.
Achille Staiano, VP global sales, MSC Cruises said, ‘We are so proud to see our entire fleet back at sea. It has been a challenge given the pandemic ashore but our industry-leading health and safety protocol has put us in a position of strength and confidence whereby all of our vessels are now at sea to give our travel agent partners and their customers what they want.’
First MSC ship restarted in August 2020
Following the global cruise industry’s voluntary shutdown in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic ashore, MSC Grandiosa became the first large cruise ship to return to sea in Europe in August 2020.
MSC Cruises continued throughout the pandemic to stick to its expansion programme and in 2021 it introduced two new vessels, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore.
Two more newbuilds will debut at the end of 2022 – MSC Seascape and MSC’s first LNG-powered cruise vessel, MSC World Europa.
MSC Cruises’ full fleet deployment for summer 2022 is:
West Mediterranean: MSC Meraviglia - homeport Barcelona; MSC Opera - homeport Genoa; MSC Orchestra - homeport Genoa; MSC Seaside - homeport Genoa; MSC Seaview - homeport Genoa; MSC Splendida - homeport Genoa.
East Mediterranean: MSC Armonia - homeport Venice/Marghera; MSC Fantasia - homeport Trieste; MSC Lirica - homeport Piraeus; MSC Musica - homeport Monfalcone/Venice; MSC Sinfonia – Venice/Marghera.
Northern Europe: MSC Grandiosa - homeport Kiel; MSC Magnifica - homeport Hamburg; MSC Poesia - homeport Warnemünde; MSC Preziosa - homeport Kiel; MSC Virtuosa - homeport Southampton.
North America: MSC Divina - homeport Port Canaveral; MSC Seashore - homeport Miami.
Middle East: MSC Bellissima - homeport Dubai.