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MSC Cruises Replaces Autumn and Winter Calls in Egypt and Ukraine

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | MSC Cruises | Janeen Christoff | April 23, 2015

MSC Cruises Replaces Autumn and Winter Calls in Egypt and Ukraine

PHOTO: MSC Opera. Courtesy MSC Cruises.

MSC Cruises is adjusting ports of call in both the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, canceling calls in the Ukraine and Egypt with the safety of both passengers and crew in mind. The new calls focus on choice regions of the Mediterranean and include destinations that are currently in demand.

These changes, in addition to allowing MSC Cruises to offer an expanded range of destinations to its guests and maintain the spirit of the original itineraries, will enable the cruise line to continue to focus on safety for its passengers and crews alike. In a statement from MSC, the line noted that “in light of the current geo-political situation, ports of call in Egypt and Ukraine need to be, at least for the time being, substituted until they are again perceived to be safe in the eyes of consumers. The new destinations also allow MSC Cruises to address market request for availability of an expanded range of destinations in the region to cruise guests.”

Modified Itineraries

From Autumn 2015 to Winter 2016, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Fantasia and MSC Musica will incorporate the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete, as well as Cyprus and Israel into their sailings.

MSC Sinfonia, as part of her two, 12-night sailings out of Genoa, Italy, will call in Burgas, Bulgaria. Guests will enjoy the majestic coastline of the Black Sea and the city of Nesebar, where its abundance of historical buildings have been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will also discover the culture and customs of Bulgaria at the ancient town of Sozòpol, a seaside town built on a tumultuous history.

MSC Opera and MSC Fantasia will call in Rhodes, Greece, the gateway to this Mediterranean paradise and eponymous capital of the island. Travelers will discover the beauty of Rhodes, dubbed “the island of the Knights” after the Templars who once reigned there, and another UNESCO World heritage Site. Visitors will ee the ancient Grand Master Palace as well as the archaeological site of Lindos.

MSC Opera and MSC Fantasia will call Heraklion in autumn and winter 2015-2016, while MSC Sinfonia will call there during a Grand Voyage to Durban, South Africa, in November. MSC Musica will also call in Crete on her own Grand Voyage, from Dubai to Venice, in April 2016.

From the Israeli port of Eilat, MSC guests will have the opportunity to discover the Negev desert, the Dead Sea and the Fortress of Masada. MSC Sinfonia’s guests can enjoy the city and its surroundings as part of a Grand Voyage to Durban this November.

More Sought-After Destinations Added

MSC has also said that it will increase calls in the Canary Islands. The MSC Opera will be calling in the archipelagos of the Canary Islands, Spain, and Madeira, Portugal, including an overnight stay in Funchal/Madeira during winter 2016.

MSC Cruises will also call in Casablanca four times in the winter of 2016, offering travellers the possibility to take a closer look at one of the most fascinating regions in the world.

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