MSC Extends Suspension But "Reconfirms" 2021 Program

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw


MSC Cruises will sail from Port Canaveral for the first time in 2021, with MSC Divina homeporting there for the season, the cruise line announced yesterday as part of its 2021 summer program.

The Swiss-based cruise line also announced it is extending its sailing suspension through 31JUL, but "reconfirmed" its summer program for 2021, which will include two new ships currently under construction and a series of new itineraries and homeports.

“While today we have taken the difficult decision to further extend the halt of operations of all our ships, it is important that we also look ahead as we know that our customers are dreaming of travel and are wanting to plan their holidays for next year. For this reason, we have now also confirmed our full summer program for 2021," said Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises.

He added that MSC ships will return to service in phases and by region, and following guidance from relevant authorities.  

MSC Cruises' summer 2021 program, which runs from MAR-NOV 2021, includes "mini-cruise" itineraries of 3 or 4-nights, standard 7-night cruises to longer cruises of 9, 11 and 14-nights.Guests have 19 ships to choose from, including two new ships currently still under construction, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore.

Caribbean

Sailing from Port Canaveral, MSC Divina will offer a mix of 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises departing on Sundays and Thursdays.

MSC Meraviglia will offer 7-night cruises from Miami in Florida departing every Saturday, while MSC Armonia will offer new shorter 3-and 4-night getaway cruises also from Miami departing on Mondays and Fridays and calling Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. 

Seaside Class Ships In The Western Mediterranean

MSC Cruises’ three Seaside class ships will be deployed together for the first time in the Western Mediterranean.

MSC Seashore will now come into service from 01AUG, 2021 due to shipyard delays. MSC Fantasia will temporarily cover her itinerary. MSC Seashore will be joined by sister ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview in their Genoa homeport. 

Nine to 12-night cruises will also be available from Genoa, Italy in late summer to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal, Greece and Israel with   MSC Poesia.

Eastern Mediterranean 

New for summer 2021, MSC Lirica will be deployed from Venice, Italy and will also offer embarkation in Trieste with an itinerary calling Zadar, Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro and Corfu in Greece. 

In addition,   MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia, will offer 7-night itineraries from Venice and calling the Greek islands, Montenegro and Croatia.

Northern Europe

From 08MAY, the new MSC Virtuosa will spend her first summer season with 7- to 14-night cruises from the German port of Kiel, alternating between the fjords and the Baltic capitals, with all itineraries offering embarkation in both Kiel and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Norway's west coast and the Baltic Capitals will also be available on MSC Splendida itineraries, which will offer longer 10 and 11-night cruises to the Baltic capitals or North Cape.

MSC Magnifica will homeport in Southampton, UK and offer 7-night itineraries to the fjords of Norway, 14-nights to the Baltic capitals or the Mediterranean in mid-AUG, 12-nights to the Canary Islands and a 7-night cruise to calling the “Northern Pearls” of Hamburg, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium and Le Havre, France.

MSC Preziosa will offer from 9- to 14-night itineraries from Hamburg with destinations in Ireland, Iceland and North Cape and Spitzbergen in Norway.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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