MSC Cruises has announced that it will resume operations in the Mediterranean with Greek destinations included in its itineraries.
According to a company announcement, the MSC Magnifica and MSC Grandiosa cruise ships are scheduled to conduct seven-day cruises in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean respectively.
The MSC Magnifica will depart on a weekly basis from Bari, Italy, to visit the three Greek ports of Corfu, Katakolo and Piraeus, as well as Trieste, before returning to Bari. The route is to take place from August 29 until the end of October, based on the company’s program which is subject to approval by Italian authorities.
The MSC Grandiosa as of August 16 will offer seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean, from the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia / Rome, Naples, Palermo and Valletta.
In October, MSC Cruises will announce its program for the winter.
For the initial phase of the restart of operations, both MSC Cruises ships that are scheduled to operate in the Mediterranean will only welcome guests who are residents in Schengen countries.
Their itineraries have been designed according to the accessibility of the ports, reducing – where possible – the need for guests to use public transport or flights.
Furthermore, MSC Cruises recently introduced its comprehensive health and safety protocol that has been developed to support the restart of operations in the Mediterranean and ensure the safety of guests, crew and local communities.
“We put the health and safety of passengers, crew and local communities first, without changing the top cruise experience that MSC Cruises’ ships offer,” said Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Senior Advisor of Institutional and Maritime Affairs at MSC Cruises.
“Greece is an important destination for restarting routes in the Mediterranean… This confirms the country’s dynamic as an attractive destination for cruise lines and travelers,” he added.