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MSC Cruises unveils new winter 2020/2021 programme

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MSC Cruises’ winter 2020/2021 season includes more than 90 itineraries across the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Gulf, South Africa, South America and Asia, the line has announced.

Itineraries range in length from two to 24 nights, along with the third MSC World cruise, departing in January 2021, and an extensive Grand Voyages programme.

MSC Cruises added that the winter release is not an update of the line’s summer programme, which is currently paused until 31 July 2020.

MSC Magnifica will sail her third world cruise, departing on 5 January 2021 for a 119-day journey visiting 53 destinations.

In the Mediterranean, MSC Grandiosa will replace sister-ship MSC Virtuosa for the winter, sailing seven-night Six Pearls western Mediterranean cruises, while MSC Magnifica will offer two festive voyages in December with a five-night Christmas cruise.

For the Caribbean, MSC Meraviglia will sail every Saturday from Miami and MSC Armonia, homeporting in Miami, will offer three, four or seven-night cruises to Key West, Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC Seaside will offer cruises from the new embarkation port of Port Canaveral, calling at a range of destinations, while MSC Poesia will replace MSC Splendida, to serve the South Caribbean and the Antilles.

For Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, guests will sail on MSC Fantasia on seven-night itineraries. As for the South America region, MSC Seaview will sail seven-night cruises from Santos, Brazil to the northeast of the country, complementing seven-night departures on MSC Musica and eight or nine-night itineraries from Buenos Aires on MSC Sinfonia.

In addition, South Africa will be served by MSC Orchestra and the Far East by MSC Bellissima. 

In spring 2021, nine Grand Voyages will be available with ships returning from the Emirates, Brazil, South Africa, Martinique and the US, sailing to Europe for the start of the summer 2021 season.

A full list of itineraries can be found at

The line is also developing a comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol, to cover over all aspects of the cruise from the booking phase through to disembarkation and the return home.

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said: “Our winter programme sees us offering cruises in all of the regions of the world where we traditionally operate and while there are some updates to the original planned deployment of specific ships, we are still able to offer our main itineraries so that guests can enjoy the holiday that they booked with us.”

All guests whose bookings are affected by any changes will be automatically reprotected to another ship serving the same or similar itinerary.

MSC Cruises has donated thousands of surgical masks across Europe in its bid to provide aid in the fight against coronavirus.

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