MSC Cruises Unveils Summer 2023 Program

MSC Cruises has unveiled its summer 2023 program featuring voyages to over 140 destinations worldwide. The selection includes mini-cruises or vacations spanning 21 nights. 

MSC Seascape, the cruise line’s upcoming U.S. flagship, will offer alternating seven-night Caribbean sailings from Miami, Florida with itineraries including a call to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises’ private island in the Bahamas, besides calls to destinations in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

MSC Meraviglia will inaugurate year-round service on a range of itineraries from New York City, covering the Caribbean, Bermuda, New England and Canada. MSC Seaside will offer voyages from Port Canaveral, while MSC Magnifica will take guests on shorter Caribbean itineraries from PortMiami.

The cruise line plans to expand in the Caribbean and North America next year, and will offer several options for guests to travel to these regions. MSC Meraviglia will sail year-round from New York for the first time, starting April 2023, with itineraries ranging from six to 11 nights. Caribbean itineraries of either seven or eight nights will feature calls to Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Bermuda itineraries spanning six nights will offer three days docked at King’s Wharf combined with several days at sea. Northern itineraries of either ten or 11 nights will feature calls to Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick. Furthermore, 11-night itineraries will include an additional call in Newport, Rhode Island.

MSC Seascape will offer two different seven-night itineraries from PortMiami. The “Eastern Caribbean” itinerary will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and Nassau in the Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The “Western Caribbean” itinerary will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

MSC Seaside will be homeporting in the Orlando, Florida area with options from Port Canaveral. Itineraries include three and four-night cruises to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve; seven-night sailings to Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Belize and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC Magnifica will sail new short cruises from PortMiami of three or four nights on Fridays and Mondays to Key West, Florida; and Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC World Europa, the line’s first LNG-powered ship, will spend its maiden summer in the Mediterranean. The seven-night itineraries will feature Genoa, Naples and Messina in Italy; Valletta in Malta; Barcelona in Spain; and Marseille in France. Guests can embark from multiple ports.

MSC Cruises is also offering Western Mediterranean itineraries. MSC Seashore from Genoa on Saturdays will call to destinations including Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo (Italy), Ibiza and Valencia (Spain) and Marseille (France). MSC Seaview from Barcelona (Spain) on Saturdays will call to destinations including Cannes (France); Genoa, La Spezia and Civitavecchia (Italy); and Palma de Mallorca (Spain). MSC Opera from Genoa on Sundays will call to destinations including Marseille, Barcelona, La Goulette (Tunisia), Palermo (Sicily) and Naples. MSC Orchestra starting in June will begin 10-night cruises from Genoa to Marseille; Malaga, Cadiz for Seville (Spain); Lisbon (Portugal); Alicante/Costa Blanca and Menorca (Spain), and Olbia (Italy). MSC World Europa will sail from Genoa on Sundays and call to destinations including Naples and Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.

There are several Eastern Mediterranean itineraries to choose from. MSC Divina from Civitavecchia for Rome on Fridays will call to destinations including Siracusa, Taranto and beaches in Puglia (Italy), and Santorini and Mykonos (Greece). MSC Lirica from Venice on Mondays and Bari (Italy) on Sundays will call to the Greek Islands of Cefalonia/Argostoli, Santorini and Crete. MSC Sinfonia from Venice on Sundays will call to destinations including Brindisi (Italy), Mykonos and Piraeus for Athens, as well as Split or Zadar (Croatia). MSC Armonia from Venice on Saturdays will call to destinations including Kotor (Montenegro), Mykonos and Santorini, and Bari. MSC Musica from Piraeus/Athens on Sundays will call to destinations including Santorini, Kusadasi (Turkey), Haifa (Israel), the islands of Limassol (Cyprus), and Mykonos. MSC Splendida from Trieste/Venice (Italy) on Saturdays will call to destinations including Ancona (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Bari, Corfu (Greece), and Kotor.

MSC Cruises’ itineraries to Northern Europe are as follows. MSC Euribia will offer seven-night itineraries to the Norwegian fjords with weekly departures from Kiel (Germany), with calls including Copenhagen (Denmark); Hellesylt (Norway) for the Geirangerfjord; and Alesund and Flaam, also in Norway, among others. MSC Fantasia from Kiel will offer two alternative itineraries between seven and 11 nights to either the Norwegian fjords or Baltic capitals. MSC Grandiosa from Southampton (U.K.) will offer itineraries between seven and 15 nights to the Norwegian fjords, Sweden and Denmark, the Atlantic coast of Europe, besides longer cruises to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean, along with short three- and four-night breaks.

MSC Poesia from Warnemunde/Berlin (Germany) and Copenhagen will offer itineraries between seven and 21 nights to Baltic capitals and four Norwegian fjords. Longer cruises include a 21-night cruise with calls to several destinations in Iceland and Greenland.

MSC Preziosa from Hamburg (Germany) will offer itineraries between nine and 15 nights to North Cape and Spitsbergen in Norway or Iceland cruises with calls to Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur and Akureyri, and the Orkney and Shetland Islands in the U.K., while Ireland cruises include calls in Cork and Dublin (Ireland), Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh (U.K.). The ship will also offer Ireland cruises with calls in Dublin and Belfast, plus Glasgow and Liverpool (U.K.). Starting from September 2023, MSC Preziosa will offer seven-night cruises visiting five of Europe’s most popular cities. The ship will call Hamburg on Sundays, Zeebrugge for Bruges and Brussels (Belgium), Rotterdam/Amsterdam (Netherlands), Le Havre for Paris (France), and Southampton for London (U.K.) on Fridays. There will be extended stays in port of up to 12 hours.

Guests can also choose from the line’s long and mini cruises. MSC Divina, from Genoa and Barcelona, will offer 11-night cruises to Canary Islands, Morocco and Madeira in October and November. From September 25 to November 19, 2023, MSC Poesia will offer 11-nights from Genoa to Greece and Turkey. Key highlights include Kusadasi/Ephesus, a full day visit in Istanbul (Turkey), Piraeus/Athens (Greece), and Palermo/Monreale and Civitavecchia/Rome (Italy). From October 2023, MSC Sinfonia will offer 11-night cruises from Genoa to Civitavecchia/Rome; Messina/Taormina/Etna Volcano (Italy); Limassol (Cyprus); Rhodes/Lindos and Heraklion/Crete (Greece); and Haifa.

Shorter cruises or weekend breaks of three to five nights with multiple ports of embarkation will be available with MSC Orchestra (May and June), and MSC Euribia and MSC Seaview (in autumn).

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