MSC Cruises Confirms Winter 2021/22 Sailing Schedule
MSC Cruises has reconfirmed its winter cruise program from October 2021 to April 2022, with a variety of itineraries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and more.
Caribbean & Bahamas
Following her inaugural season in the Mediterranean in summer 2021, MSC Seashore will head to her new homeport of Miami in November 2021, offering alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries that include stops at MSC’s private island in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay.
As the first of two Seaside EVO Class ships, Seashore has been designed with extended public spaces, more cabins, and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any cruise ship in the line’s fleet. It will include a new double deck show lounge, an extended indoor main pool, new specialty dining, and more.
For the first time, MSC Seaview will also call the Caribbean home during the 2021/22 season, homeporting in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
From Martinique, Seaview will operate a series of seven-night cruises. Highlights include Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, and Antigua and Barbuda.
MSC Meraviglia will call Port Canaveral home for the first time, offering a mix of three and four-night cruises as well as six, seven, and eight-night voyages starting in November, with full day calls in Costa Maya and Cozumel.
Known for her elegant design, MSC Divina will begin the season from Port Canaveral before moving to Miami in December 2021. The ship will offer a range of three and four-night cruises to Ocean Cay and Nassau, Bahamas from Port Canaveral. From Miami, Divina will sail a variety of different seven and 11-night cruises that call in Jamaica, Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Ocean Cay.
The classic Armonia will homeport in Miami, offering three, four, and seven-night voyages that include, among others, stops at Ocean Cay — some there overnight.
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MSC Grandiosa will homeport in Genoa, Barcelona, and Marseille, and call in some of Europe’s most popular destinations including Palermo, Rome, and Malta.
The glamorous MSC Fantasia will sail seven-night cruises with the same choice of embarkation ports that Grandiosa will offer. Port calls will include La Spezia, Naples, and Palma de Mallorca.
MSC Magnifica will offer extended 11-night cruises with two different itineraries. The first starts in Genoa and calls on Katakolon, Piraeus, Rhodes, and Keraklion, Greece; Haifa, Israel overnight; Rome, Italy; and then back to Genoa. The second itinerary also starts in Genoa, and visits Barcelona and Malaga, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; Funchal, Portugal; Rome, Italy; and then back to Genoa.
MSC Poesia will offer five and 10-night voyages out of Genoa before embarking on the 2022 World Cruise from Genoa on January 5, 2022.
The Gulf Region
MSC Virtuosa, launching in April 2021, will spend her first winter season in the gulf region, homeporting in Dubai, UAE. From there, the ship will call on MSC’s private beach oasis on Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and Doha and end with an overnight back in Dubai.
MSC Opera will offer a seven-night itinerary that includes two overnights in Dubai, as well as calls on Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, and Oman.
MSC Seaside will sail six, seven, and eight-night voyages from Santos, Brazil. MSC Preziosa will offer three to seven-night cruises from Santos, as well as seven and eight-night voyages from Rio de Janeiro that call in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
MSC Splendida will sail seven-night cruises from Santos, also calling in Uruguay and Argentina. MSC Sinfonia will homeport in Itajai, Brazil with six to nine-night voyages calling in the same countries.
MSC Orchestra will homeport in Buenos Aires, Argentina and sail eight to 10-night cruises calling in Brazil and Uruguay.
MSC Lirica will join MSC Musica in South Africa for the season; they will homeport in Cape Town and Durban, respectively, from November 2021 to April 2022. The ships will offer 14 different cruise itineraries that range from two to 14-nights, and will alternate their routes to provide travelers with a wider choice of options.
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MSC Grand Voyages (Repositioning Cruises)
Between October and November 2021, MSC Cruises will offer 11 Grand Voyages across 11 ships. These itineraries will depart from major ports worldwide, and range in length from 17 to 26 nights.
In spring 2022, 11 Grand Voyages will be available ranging from 15 to 27 nights on ships returning from the Gulf, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Martinique, and the U.S. sailing to Europe for the start of the summer season.
2022 World Cruise
Those seeking to explore the world by cruise ship can set sail aboard MSC Poesia on a brand-new 116-night World Cruise around the globe. The voyage will depart on January 5, 2022 and visit 43 destinations in 24 countries, including nine overnight stays.