The largest privately-owned cruise line in the world unveiled its summer 2022 program today, offering 124 different ports of call, 47 countries, 83 itineraries, and a massive 477 cruises.
The Swiss line will sail the Mediterranean with ten different vessels, while five ships will be based in Northern Europe. Another two ships will be calling Miami and Port Canaveral their homeport.
Both the Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises will be going on sale today, while the Northern European voyages will be sold soon. The Cruise line offers unparalleled choice with the 17 different ships while emphasizing the companies typical sailing areas in the Mediterranean.
The Western Mediterranean is one of the highlights for many people. With epic ports like Barcelona, Portofino, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca, there is an endless stream of sights and sounds to be found.
Five different ships will be sailing the Western Mediterranean, all with different itineraries that will visit Italy, Spain, France, and Malta:
- MSC Seaside will sail from Genoa to Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Marseille;
- MSC Splendida also sails from Genoa, to Marseille, Barcelona, Ibiza, Naples, Livorno;
- MSC Seaview will depart Genoa to Naples, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona, Marseille;
- MSC Fantasia will offer itineraries from Genoa to Marseille, Barcelona, La Goulette, Palermo, Civitavecchia;
- MSC Meraviglia departs from Barcelona, sailing to Cannes, Genoa, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Palma de Mallorca;
The Eastern Mediterranean is incredibly popular, and for a good reason. Historical ports like Dubrovnik, where major parts of hit tv-show Game of Thrones were filmed, picturesque ports like Kotor in Montenegro, or Venice in Italy, make for a great start.
Throw in the Greek Isles like Mykonos, Santorini, and Corfu; you have a recipe for a great cruise. MSC will be sailing with five different vessels in the Eastern Med in 2022:
- MSC Musica sails from Venice to Bari, Santorini, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik;
- MSC Armonia offers cruises from Venice to Brindisi, Mykonos, Piraeus, Corfu, Kotor;
- MSC Lirica sails from Venice to Split, Santorini, and Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Ancona;
- MSC Sinfonia also sails from Venice, calling at the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini, Kotor, Sarande, and Bari;
- MSC Opera will homeport in Trieste on cruises to Bari, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split;
- MSC Seashore, the Company’s flagship, will sail from Miami and offer two alternative itineraries to the Eastern or Western Caribbean.
- MSC Divina will sail from Port Canaveral, sailing to Ocean Cay and Nassau with 2, 3- or 4-night cruises and Ocean Cay and Mexico with 7-night cruises. MSC Divina will also offer one 12-night cruise at the start of the summer season with various stops in the Caribbean.
Northern Europe is fast becoming a premier destination for all manner of voyages. Home to epic coastlines and some of the most historic cities in the world.
There are several options with cruises to the Baltic, including St Petersburg in Russia and the beautiful Islands around Stockholm. You could also choose from the stunning Norwegian Fjords and a stop above the Polar circle at North Cape. Or, for something very different, what about a stop in Greenland, or home of the Polar Bears Spitzbergen.
MSC will have five different vessels sailing in Northern Europe during the 2022 season:
- MSC Grandiosa will sail from Kiel to the Baltic Capitals on Saturdays and Copenhagen on Sundays for seven-night to the Norwegian Fjords;
- MSC Poesia sails from Warnemuende and will offer cruises from 7 to 21 nights, visiting the Baltic capitals, Fjords, and Greenland;
- MSC Orchestra will offer mixed cruises from 10 to 14 night from Hamburg to Iceland, Ireland, North Cape, and Spitzbergen;
- MSC Preziosa will serve two alternative itineraries from Kiel on Sundays to the Baltic capitals or Norwegian Fjords;
- MSC Magnifica will be based in Southampton, offering 2 to 14-night cruises to various destinations, including the Baltic capitals and Norwegian Fjords.
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MSC cruises seem to be going for quality over quantity with these itineraries, and it looks to be a fantastic set of voyages. The European cruise line has been extremely successful this year with voyages during the Pandemic in Italy and the Mediterranean; with these cruises, it will be building even further on the successes they have booked.