MSC Cruises has announced new and updated itineraries in the Mediterranean and across Europe for this coming summer.
MSC Grandiosa, MSC Seaside and new ship MSC Seashore will be based in the western Mediterranean, calling at Italy and Malta.
The line will also deploy three ships – MSC Orchestra, MSC Magnifica and MSC Splendida – in the eastern Mediterranean, calling at Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro.
Med itineraries will have up to 15 embarkation ports, the line confirmed.
In Northern Europe, the line is planning to start UK cruises on MSC Virtuosa from 20 May, while the line has been forced to delay ex-Germany sailings until 15 June.
MSC Seaview will homeport in Kiel, Germany, from 19 June replacing MSC Virtuosa, and MSC Preziosa is scheduled to depart on 21 June from Hamburg and MSC Musica on 20 June from Warnemunde, if the ports are open.
The three ships are scheduled to operate seven-night sailings or longer with itineraries either to the Norwegian fjords or the Baltic capitals.
MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said: “Today we have clarity on which European destinations and ports will initially be open this summer and we have fully reflected this into a first set of new and updated itineraries for the upcoming season so that guests can book their holidays with us with confidence.
“The entire MSC Cruises team and I look forward to welcoming both returning and new guests on board one of our ships that will be at sea this summer and to provide them with a memorable, relaxing and, above all, safe holiday.
“Plus, I am confident that in the coming weeks we will be able to further enrich some of these itineraries as well as add more ships with new ones, as more ports and tourist destinations, in particular in Spain and France, become available to receive ships and visitors.
“We are extremely proud to be in a position to offer our guests and travel agent partners for the coming summer a growing choice of cruise holidays to a range of different destinations across the Mediterranean and Europe.
“We will be featuring some of our most innovative and more modern vessels in our fleet. And to make it even easier and safer for our guests to reach our ships from closer to their homes, all our itineraries will feature additional ports of embarkation.
“Albeit these ships represent only an initial portion of our fleet, they include our two latest jewels, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore, both of which will have come into service for the first time in 2021.”