MSC Cruises has revealed the cruise line’s widest selection of winter cruises in 2017/18. Along with two brand new cruise ships, MSC will also be offering more Caribbean and South American offerings to go along with longer Mediterranean cruises.
Guests exploring Caribbean cruises can enjoy year-round sunshine and an abundance of choices. With several ships serving the region — including two ships departing from Miami and one from Fort de France, Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe — there will be nearly 50 departures to choose from during the season.
New for 2017/18: MSC Seaside, ‘the ship that follows the sun,’ will be christened in Miami in December 2017 and will offer guests a truly unique Caribbean experience. Featuring a striking beach condo design, the cruise ship will connect guests to the sea like never before with a 360o outdoor promenade, two glass-floor catwalks extending off the side of the ship, and glass elevators with a panoramic ocean view. MSC Seaside offers two different itineraries. The first itinerary, visiting the Eastern Caribbean, includes calls at the buzzing Puerto Rico city of San Juan — well known for its contrast of quiet cobblestone streets and lively bars and restaurants; — Philipsburg on the island of St. Maarten; and the Caribbean capital Nassau in the Bahamas. The second itinerary, visiting the Western Caribbean, includes idyllic destinations such as Ocho Rios in Jamaica; George Town in the Cayman Islands; and Cozumel in Mexico, with stunning white sandy beaches and clear blue sea.
New for 2017/18: MSC Fantasia will introduce 7- or 14-night cruises in the Southern Caribbean from Martinique or Guadeloupe. With the debut of a Fantasia class ship in these regions, guests looking for a luxury experience can relish in the MSC Yacht Club, designed for the most discerning guests who desire exclusivity and privacy. New ports of call on these itineraries include Kingstown, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.
Experiencing these destinations extends beyond just the ports, with a range of specially designed shore excursions to provide guests with lasting memories. Cruisers can swim with Stingrays in St John’s or visit “The Baths” at Virgin Gorda, a famous geological formation consisting of huge, sea-sculpted granite boulders that line the beach and form tidal pools, tunnels, caves, arches and scenic grottoes.
MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises’ new flagship will launch in June 2017, sailing the Mediterranean for her inaugural season. For those looking to experience some of the best destinations in Europe during the quieter winter season, MSC Meraviglia will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises until April 2018. Guests can discover the famous Vatican Museum with a fascinating inside visit; explore Barcelona and Montserrat with a tour that ends with a regional wine tasting; marvel at the colorful hillsides of Palermo; or soak up history in the bustling port of Valetta in Malta.
Designed as the ‘ship for all seasons,’ weather is no factor with virtually endless activities on board. Whether watching one of a kind exclusive Cirque de Soleil at Sea shows, enjoying cocktails and light bites in one of the many bars or restaurants, or simply indulging in an authentic Balinese spa, guests will discover the ship is a destination in herself.
New for 2017/18: MSC Orchestra will also be offering a brand new series of 10-, 11- and 12-night sailings with the convenience of four ports of embarkation including Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. For a full immersion into the jewels of the Mediterranean, guests can choose between a new 10-night itinerary in the heart of the Mediterranean with only one day at sea or an 11-night itinerary to Greece stopping in Corfu, the quaint Greek town of Katakolon and the historic Heraklion in Crete – all with only two days at sea. With full day stays in each port, there will be plenty of time to take in the local culture. Also new for the season is a 12-night itinerary calling at destinations including the beautiful island of Madeira, the rugged volcanic landscape of the Canary Islands, and the tip of Africa with a call in Morocco.
South American Highlights
MSC Cruises will have four ships based in South America for the winter season. MSC Preziosa and MSC Magnifica will offer cruises of up to seven nights from Santos/São Paulo, Brazil; MSC Poesia will offer longer eight and nine-night cruises from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and MSC Musica will offer a range of cruises from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Alongside these exciting embarkation ports, itineraries also include stops at exotic destinations including Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Ilhabela and Ilha Grande islands, and Punta del Este and Montevideo in Uruguay. Throughout the season, guests have the choice of more than 70 departures with itineraries varying in length from seven to nine nights.