Cruise into 2020 in MSC style with these ocean fresh cruise offers. (Photo: iStock)
Cruise your way to 2020 in true MSC style...
If you've been looking for an excuse to let your nautical side out, look no further than the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Cruises's latest offerings.
Sales have set sail and opened for a whopping 64 itineraries, 103 ports of call and 38 countries. There have also been 11 ships deployed into the Mediterranean - including the highly anticipated MSC Grandiosa.
MSC Cruises is globally loved for their promise and quality cruise services from exciting on board activities and luxury spoils to decadent fine dining options that are rich with a variety of flavours and global cuisines.
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Cruises to expect:
The Iconic Mediterranean
This beloved and sought after destination will see 11 cruise ships deployed into its salty embrace. In tow with these will be the company's new flagship - the MSC Grandiosa. Along with this new addition, three other ships will sail in the Western Mediterranean - the MSC Divina, the MSC Fantasia and the MSC Seaview.
The MSC Grandiosa will call upon Barcelona (Spain) on Saturdays, followed by Cannes (France) and Civitavecchia (Rome - Italy).
The MSC Divina will sail to the Balearic Islands, including stops in Ibiza and a late night stay in Palma de Mallorca, with the new addition of a full day in the beautiful portside city of Naples (Italy).
The MSC Fantasia, will visit the inimitable islands of Sicily and Sardinia (Italy), as well as a call in the thriving Spanish city of Valencia.
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In the Eastern Mediterranean, you'll find five cruise ships floating about - the MSC Orchestra, the MSC Musica, the MSC Magnifica, the MSC Sinfonia and the MSC Opera. This fleet will all offer itineraries in the Greek Islands and the best of the Adriatic Sea.
On this leg you can expect to be visiting the red-tiled roofs of Dubrovnik (Croatia), the dazzling white walls of Mykonos (Greece) and departing from the magic and mystery of Venice (Italy), among other exotic destinations.
For those looking for a longer cruise in the cooler months of Autumn, the MSC Poesia and the MSC Splendida autumn cruises offer 12- or nine-night cruises, respectively, to Portugal and Morocco or Madeira and Canary Islands.
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MSC's Grandiosa's First Summer Season
The freshly established MSC Grandiosa will kick off her first summer season with one of MSC Cruises' most popular itineraries - sailing from the historic port of Genoa (Italy) to Naples.
Here guests can travel to the mysterious and captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, which is still a magnificent site to behold, even after nearly 2 000 years following its destruction in 79 AD.
The state-of-the-art ship will then journey a course to the mesmerising Sicilian city of Messina (Italy) and onwards to the colourful capital of Malta, Valletta. And, before returning to Genoa, the MSC Grandiosa will make her final stops in the unique and buzzing city of Barcelona (Spain) and the thriving port of Marseilles (France).
The MSC Grandiosa, the third Meraviglia Class ship, marks the first in the new, expanded Meraviglia-Plus prototype. It is next gen with its smart tech and will be the second ship to feature the world's first digital cruise assistant - Zoe. This all falls part of an extension of 'MSC for Me', which is the company's digital innovation programme.
Other features on the shiny new addition to the MSC family includes an additional 200 cabins, more public space, a longer promenade at the heart of the ship along with two new Cirque du Soleil Sea shows that are exclusive to MSC Cruises guests.
If these promises aren't worth an 'Ahoy' or two, at least you'll be stopping in some superb and beloved destinations along the route.
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Northern Europe's Natural Splendour
Four of MSC Cruises' ships will be deployed in Northern Europe for the summer of 2020.
They are set to offer longer cruises of up to 14 nights on the MSC Preziosa - set to sail from Hamburg and journey north into the Atlantic, to the untouched beauty of Norway and Iceland.
The MSC Preziosa will also offer seven-night Northern Pearls cruises from Hamburg calling at Le Havre, Southampton, Zeebrugge and Amsterdam.
The MSC Poesia, home ported in Warnemünde (Germany) will offer 11-night Baltic cruises along with a mixture of seven-night cruises. You can be sure to get your Elsa on by visiting the Fjords in Norway and the Baltic capitals, respectively. These routes are the ideal opportunity to visit Scandinavian and Eastern European gems, while soaking up a nice alternative to sun-seeker holidays.
The MSC Meraviglia, dubbed the ship for all seasons, will return to the waters of Northern Europe with the MSC Splendida in tow in their homeport of Kiel (Germany). They are set to feature a variety o itineraries, including a long cruise to the Emerald Isle of Ireland, visiting the many gems it has to offer and another rounding of the North Cape, before returning to Kiel.
One of the key highlights for the Northern Europe cruises will undoubtedly be the MSC Poesia's stunning 21-night cruise. This cruise is perfect for those who really want to immerse themselves in this incredible region including Greenland and Iceland. Adventure-seekers and nature lovers can be sure to get their fill along this route.
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Flee to the Caribbean
For 2020, the iconic MSC Seaside will continue her reign in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
She'll be sailing seven-night itineraries from Miami (USA) and experiencing the rhythmic beats of Ocho Rios (Jamaica), the teal waters of George Town (Cayman Islands) and the Mexican paradise of Cozumel.
The MSC Armonia has been arranged to round out the Western Caribbean. This leg will call in the unparalleled city of Havana, where guests can step back in time and experience the vintage grandeur during their overnight stay.
Stops you're bound to experience along the Eastern side include San Juan, St Thomas, Nassau and Ocean Cay – you can opt to combine both itineraries for a lengthier 14-night cruise.
Both ships will also call in Ocean Cay, MSC Cruises' private marine reserve, which opens in November 2019. This delectable slice of paradise sits just off the coast of Miami in the Bahamas and is sure to immerse guests in the beautiful natural environment with dazzling blue waters and some of the best white sandy beaches in the world.
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