MSC Cruises has unveiled details of its 2019/2020 winter season, which will run from OCT 2019 to MAR 2020.
With sales set to open on 05MAR, MSC Grandiosa is one of two new ships that will enter into service in 2019, spending its inaugural winter season in the Western Mediterranean.
MSC Sinfonia will also spend time in the Med, offering longer cruises of 11, 12 and 14 nights, including a new 14-night cruise that will call at Haifa, Israel with two full days to discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The itinerary also includes calls to Civitavecchia (Rome), Messina and Genoa to Barcelona and Marseille, as well as the Greek island of Rhodes, southern Cypriot city of Limassol and Heraklion, Crete. The ship will also offer a new 12-night cruise from Genoa that will sail across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
In North America, MSC Meraviglia will offer two 10-night roundtrip itineraries from New York, calling at Bar Harbor, Boston, Portland, Charlottetown, Corner Brook, Halifax, Quebec, St. John and Sydney, before repositioning to her new homeport of Miami. Prior to arriving in New York, MSC Meraviglia will complete a 17-night Transatlantic cruise from Kiel, Germany with ports of call in Denmark, the United Kingdom & Ireland, Iceland and Canada.
Once in Miami, MSC Meraviglia will offer two different itineraries in the Western Caribbean, while MSC Seaside will continue to sail seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
In the Caribbean, MSC Cruises will deploy six ships for winter 2019/2020, offering a wide choice of itineraries. One key highlight for guests will be the opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in winter 2019, a new private island in the Bahamas exclusively for MSC guests. MSC Seaside, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia will all call at the island where the ships will dock at a specially built pier so guests can move easily between ship and shore.
MSC Divina will return from the Med in NOV 2019 and then offer two longer cruises from Miami, including an 11-night cruise to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, and a 10-night cruise that will include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
Also in the Caribbean, MSC Preziosa will offer two embarkation ports in the French Antilles, sailing from Fort de France in Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The two seven-night-seven-ports itineraries can also be combined in a 14-night cruise, visiting the British Virgin Islands (Tortola), St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada as well as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.
Also new for 2019-2020, MSC Cruises is introducing one of its newest ships to the United Arab Emirates. MSC Bellissima will come into service in MAR 2019 in the Mediterranean, moving to the Middle East for winter, with two different seven-night itineraries taking guests to Sir Bani Yas Island, exclusive to MSC Cruises guests when in port, and to Khasab and Muscat in Oman or Bahrain and Qatar. MSC Lirica will also sail this region, with a series of long cruises in the Persian Gulf. The 14-night itinerary includes calls in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Goa with an overnight stay, while the 11-night cruise features a stop in Muscat and an overnight stay in Oman.
MSC’s second World Cruise is also back, starting onboard MSC Magnifica from Civitavecchia, Genoa, Barcelona and Marseilles in JAN 2020. Offering more than 40 destinations and 23 countries, guests will cross five continents on a three-month plus voyage.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
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