The vessel was originally scheduled to sail from Venice next summer but now MSC Lirica will offer a newly-designed 7-night itinerary with 28 sailings between April and October 2022 calling Kusadasi, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini before returning to Piraeus.
Turkey, Israel and Cyprus embarks also
Embarkations for the seven night cruise will also be offered from Kusadasi, Haifa and Limassol, as well as Piraeus.
The Greek island of Crete will also be a port of call in MSC Lirica’s four 11-night sailings in the Eastern Mediterranean during November and December 2022 with visits to Heraklion.
Voyages on board MSC Lirica will be, as they are for all of the Company’s ships, only open to guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Greece will also feature in three other ship’s East Mediterranean itineraries.
MSC Armonia, will call Piraeus on a weekly basis during the summer months and MSC Fantasia from September 2022 will similarly perform 11-night cruises to the Greek port for guests to visit Athens. The summer sailings for MSC Musica include calls at Katakolon for Olympia, Heraklion and Santorini.
Local and fly cruise
Angelo Capurro, Executive Director, MSC Cruises said, ‘Greece will be a major player in our Eastern Mediterranean cruise programme next summer with guests embarking at Piraeus for the first time, the port being a base for MSC Lirica and calls by three of our other ships to different parts of the country’s beautiful destinations.
‘Athens airport will also play an important role with many guests flying from throughout Europe and North America to join MSC Lirica,’ he added.
‘With embarkation during MSC Lirica’s 7-night itinerary also available in Turkey, Israel and Cyprus this cruise promises to showcase a truly rich blend of different nationalities on board, but where our approach is local and everyone feels at home, relaxed and above all, safe,’ Capurro stated.