MSC Cruises’ next flagship, the MSC Grandiosa, will be christened in Hamburg, Germany, on November 2, 2019. MSC Cruises made the announcement at the MSC Meraviglia’s maiden call at Hamburg, which took place April 30 and marked the start of the ship’s new season in northern Europe. The MSC Grandiosa will mark the first Meraviglia Plus ship to come into service for the cruise line.
This summer, with the addition of MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises is offering four ships in northern Europe, with 36 different itineraries and six possible embarkation ports available across Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Denmark. Itineraries have been developed to offer guests more time ashore to explore all of the sights with extended and overnight stays in key ports, MSC said.
MSC Meraviglia will spend its first season in northern Europe offering entertainment with Cirque du Soleil at Sea, a wide choice of dining options, serving a range of international and Mediterranean-inspired cuisines, new accommodations and a Mediterranean-style promenade with multiple bars, restaurants and shops. Homeporting in Hamburg, the ship sails 10-, 11- and 14-night itineraries that include the British Isles and Iceland or the North Cape and the Norwegian archipelago, Spitzbergen. In September, an 11-night itinerary takes guests through the Baltic capitals of Oslo, Nynashamn/Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki with an overnight in St. Petersburg.
This season will also introduce new itineraries for MSC Cruises. For those looking to explore northern European cities, MSC Magnifica offers a range of cruises embarking in Hamburg and calling at Southampton with a short transfer to London, Le Havre for access to Paris and an overnight stay in Amsterdam with its famous bicycle paths and tulip displays.
The MSC Preziosa will also offer seven-night sailings from Kiel and Copenhagen. MSC Orchestra will offer seven- and 11-night itineraries from Warnemunde, including the Norwegian Fjords and Copenhagen, or itineraries that call in the Baltic States of Lithuania, Estonia as well as the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.