MSC Cruises has chosen Piraeus, Greece as the house port of the “MSC Lirica” cruise ship for the East Mediterranean schedule in the summertime of 2022, it introduced on Monday.
MSC Lirica is the lead ship in her class of cruise ships, owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was the primary newbuild cruise ship to enter service for MSC Cruises. She will accommodate 1,560 passengers in 780 cabins. Her crew complement is roughly 732.
Lirica scheduling will provide a brand new schedule of seven in a single day stays and 28 itineraries between April and October 2022.
A few of the locations embody Kusadasi (Turkey), Haifa (Israel), Limassol (Cyprus) and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini, earlier than returning to Piraeus. Vacationers will be capable of begin at any of the mainland cities named above.
Crete and Iraklio specifically may even be included as a stopover within the 4 11-day journeys supplied within the East Mediterranean between November and December 2022. Greece additionally options in one other three schedules of MSC Cruises ships within the East Mediterranean (the MSCs Armonia, Fantasia and Musica).
Greece is a key participant within the scheduling for cruise ships
MSC Cruises Government Director Angelo Capurro mentioned that Greece “might be a key participant in our scheduling for cruise ships within the East Mediterranean subsequent summer time.”
The Athens Worldwide Airport ‘El. Venizelos’ may even function as an arrival airport for European and North American vacationers who need to get on the cruises, he added, “one of many most secure selections of trip that can present memorable onboard experiences.”
Capurro mentioned that firm cruises in Europe entice 180 totally different nationalities, on journeys the place “they might really feel at residence, relaxed, and above all secure.”
In line with its web site, MSC Cruises is the world’s third-largest cruise model and the fastest-growing one globally. Its headquarters are in Geneva and it’s a part of privately-held MSC Group.
Greece was honored because the Finest Tourism Vacation spot in International Traveler’s 18th Annual GT Examined Reader Survey Awards which had been introduced on December 1. The American journey journal positioned Greece at #1 with Italy in 2nd place, Spain third, Eire 4th, and South Africa fifth.
This was the primary time Greece has been honored with first place on this particular class on the Examined Reader Survey Awards.
Francis X. Gallagher, International Traveler CEO famous for Greece “whether or not it’s your first or your twentieth go to to the nation, be sure that Greece will be on the destination list the place you may journey as quick as doable.”