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Middle East and Caribbean headline MSC Cruises’ 2022/23 deployments

MSC Cruises has revealed its winter 2022/23 cruise season, offering cruises to and from 200 destinations in 85 countries aboard 21 ships, two of which will be making their debut in the Middle East and Caribbean.

While MSC Seascape will debut in North America, cruising to the Caribbean out of PortMiami, the cruise line’s largest-ever cruise ship MSC World Europa will make her debut in the Middle East.

MSC World Europa will spend the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, acting as a floating hotel. She’ll then reposition to Dubai to sail a winter cruise season between December, 2022 and March, 2023.

MSC World Europa will homeport in Dubai for 2022/23 season

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The 205,700-gross ton MSC World Europa is the second-largest class of cruise ship in the world after Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class, and is also MSC Cruises’ first LNG-powered cruise ship.

She will sail roundtrip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, as well as Doha in Qatar and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

She’ll sail a mini-cruise from Doha on December 20th after the World Cup, before starting seven-night cruises in the Gulf region.

MSC Seascape will be the second new ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet in 2022, sailing two different 7-night itineraries from PortMiami with the first sailing on December 11th.

She is the second Seaside EVO class vessel to join the fleet, which is a more environmentally friendly iteration of the Seaside-class.

MSC Cruises winter 2022/2023 itineraries: 

MSC will cruise to 200 destinations in 85 countries aboard 21 ships during the 2022/23 winter cruise season.

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Middle East 

MSC World Europa will sail 7-night voyages from Dubai, to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha.

MSC Opera will also homeport in Dubai and sail to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island and both Muscat and Khasab in Oman.

MSC Splendida will homeport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, calling at Yanbu and Al Wajh in Saudi Arabia, Aqaba in Jordan and Safaga in Egypt.

Cape Town

South Africa 

MSC Sinfonia will homeport in Cape Town with sailings to Mossel Bay in South Africa, plus Walvis Bay and Luderitz in Namibia.

MSC Orchestra will homeport in Durban for voyages to Pomene and Portuguese Island in Mozambique, Walvis Bay and Cape Town.

Nassau, Bahamas

Caribbean Sea 

MSC Seascape will start her inaugural season from December 11th, 2022 from PortMiami.

She will offer 7-night East Caribbean itineraries calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Nassau in the Bahamas, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

The ship will also sail 7-night West Caribbean itineraries calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Cozumel in Mexico, George Town in the Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios in Jamaica.

MSC Meraviglia will offer 3- to 7-night Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral calling in Nassau, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Costa Maya in Mexico, Cozumel and Belize City in Belize.

MSC Divina will sail 3- to 10-night cruises from PortMiami with all itineraries calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Other destinations include Belize City, Isla de Roatan in Honduras, Costa Maya, Ocho Rios, Cartagena in Colombia), Colon in Panama) and Puerto Limon in Costa Rica.

MSC Seaside will sail 7-night cruises from Fort de France in Martinique, Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe and Philipsburg in St Maarten.

Two different itineraries will include calls to destinations such as Castries in Saint Lucia, Bridgetown in Barbados, Saint George in Grenada), or St John’s in Antigua and Barbuda, Basseterre in St Kitts and Nevis and Roseau in Dominica.

Genoa, Italy

Mediterranean Sea 

MSC Grandiosa will sail 7-night cruises from Genoa, Civitavecchia and Palermo in Italy, Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille France.

MSC Virtuosa will cruise from Genoa, La Spezia and Naples in Italy, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona in Spain and Marseille.

MSC Lirica will operate 11-night voyages from Genoa to Civitavecchia and Messina in Italy, Rhodes in Greece, Limassol in Cyprus, Haifa in Israel and Heraklion in Crete (Greece).

The ship will also operate 10-night sailings from Genoa to Marseille, Barcelona, Tangier and Casablanca in Morocco, plus the Spanish ports of Ceuta, Malaga and Alicante.

Hamburg, Germany

Northern Europe 

MSC Preziosa will sail 7-night sailings from Hamburg in Germany, Zeebrugge in Belgium, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Le Havre in France and Southampton in the UK.

South America 

MSC Seashore will sail a new 7-night itinerary from Santos calling Maceio, Salvador and Buzios in Brazil.

MSC Seaview will homeport for the first time in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil between December and March.

She will offer 3- to 8-night cruises with different itineraries including the Brazilian destinations of Buzios, Ilhabela, Ilha Grande/Angra dos Reis, Ilheus and Salvador, as well as to Uruguay and Argentina.

MSC Fantasia is homeporting in Santos with a range of 3- to 7-night cruises with domestic calls including Ilha Grande, Buzios and Ilha Grande/Angra dos Reis, plus Montevideo and Punta Del Este in Uruguay and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

MSC Armonia will homeport in Itajai/Santa Caterina, sailing 7-night itineraries to Uruguay, Argentina and Ilhabela in Brazil.

MSC Musica will homeport in Buenos Aires with sailings to Brazil including Ilhabela, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios and Ilha Grande/Angra dos Reis.

MSC World Cruise 2023 

MSC Magnifica and MSC Poesia will both perform the MSC World Cruise 2023. The two ships, in an industry-first, will host more than 5,000 passengers for journeys around the world.

Both vessels will depart from Civitavecchia and Genoa January 4th and 5th, 2023 respectively, Marseille one day later and Barcelona on January 7th. Once the two ships leave the Mediterranean Sea, they will part ways in the Atlantic Ocean for their separate global itineraries.

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