MSC Cruises will be moving MSC Bellissima to the Mediterranean this summer to meet what it’s saying is “overwhelming demand from consumers.”
Starting July 9, the vessel will begin offering seven-night voyages from Valencia and Barcelona, Spain as well as Genoa, Livorno, and Naples, Italy. The itinerary includes longer stays in Valencia, allowing passengers to visit Madrid, as well as extended calls in Barcelona and Genoa.
This summer and fall, MSC Cruises will have 15 ships in the eastern and western Mediterranean — a record-breaking number for the cruise line.
Previously, MSC Bellissima was scheduled to continue her current schedule of Middle East voyages from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But that schedule has been cut short so the ship can sail in the Mediterranean.
Bellissima is a Meraviglia-class ship that launched in 2019. Highlights of the ship include 12 dining venues, over 20 bars and lounges, a family deck area, The Carousel Lounge featuring entertainment with acrobatics, an indoor promenade with LED Sky Screen, 10 types of staterooms, and the exclusive MSC Yacht Club complex.
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Highlights of MSC’s western Mediterranean voyages this summer include:
- MSC Meraviglia will homeport in Barcelona, sailing the perfect itinerary for any sun-seeker: Cannes (France); Genoa, La Spezia and Civitavecchia (Italy); plus Palma de Mallorca (Spain).
- MSC Opera will homeport in Genoa and visit Palermo (Italy). Other destinations include Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), and the newly reinstated embarkation ports of La Goulette (Tunisia) and Naples (Italy).
- MSC Splendida will offer cruises from Genoa (Italy) to Marseille (France); one of Sicily’s most sought-after destinations, Siracusa; Taranto and its awe-aspiring beaches; and Civitavecchia (Italy).
- MSC Seaview will offer the best of the Western Mediterranean with sailings from Genoa (Italy). She will visit the historical ports of Naples and Messina (Italy), Valletta (Malta), Barcelona (Spain), and Marseille (France).
- MSC Seaside will depart from Genoa, offering itineraries to Civitavecchia and Palermo (Italy), Ibiza and Valencia (Spain), and Marseille (France).
- MSC Orchestra will offer new 10-night cruises calling at Genoa (Italy); Marseille/Provence (France); Malaga, Cadiz/Seville and Lisbon (Portugal); Alicante/Costa Blanca and Mahon/Menorca (Spain); and Olbia (Italy).
Highlights of MSC’s eastern Mediterranean voyages this summer include:
- MSC Fantasia will homeport in Trieste (Italy), offering calls to Ancona (Italy), Kotor (Montenegro), Bari (Italy), Corfu (Greece), and the picturesque city of Dubrovnik (Croatia). Starting in September, the ship will perform 11-night cruises that include Piraeus/Athens (Greece), and Izmir/Ephesus and Istanbul (Turkey).
- MSC Musica will depart from Monfalcone (Italy) and visit Katakolon/Olympia, Heraklion, Santorini (Greece); and Bari (Italy).
- MSC Sinfonia and MSC Armonia will both homeport from the heart of the Mediterranean, the Italian port of Venice at Marghera. Other exciting ports on MSC Sinfonia’s itinerary include Kotor (Montenegro), the infamous Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini (Greece), and Bari (Italy). MSC Armonia is putting a focus on gorgeous views with calls to Brindisi (Italy), Mykonos and Greek mainland destination of Piraeus for Athens, as well as Split and Zadar (Croatia).
- A variety of spectacular destinations await guests aboard MSC Lirica. Departing from Piraeus/Athens (Greece), the ship will call at Kusadasi (Turkey), Haifa (Israel), the islands of Limassol (Cyprus), plus Rhodes and Santorini (Greece).
Highlights of MSC Cruises’ fall 2022 Mediterranean voyages will include:
- MSC Magnifica will offer 11-night cruises to the Canary Islands, Morocco and Madeira.
- MSC Poesia offer mini cruises of 3, 4 and 5 nights in the Western Mediterranean.
- MSC Grandiosa will offer 7-night cruises from Barcelona with itineraries that include Cannes, (France); La Spezia (Italy); and Palma de Mallorca (Spain).
Bookings for Bellissima‘s new summer 2022 sailings will open soon.