This is the first time that MSC Cruises has based one of its ships in Greece and the first time that its guests can embark in Piraeus.
MSC Lirica will operate a newly-designed seven-night itinerary with 28 voyages between April and October from Piraeus to visit Kusadasi, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus and the picturesque Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini before returning to the port that serves Athens.
“MSC Lirica will offer our guests a dedicated Greek experience and service that is coupled with a cosmopolitan ambiance that can only be found on board one of our ships,” MSC Cruises Executive Director Angelo Capurro said during a special celebratory event on board MSC Lirica in the port of Piraeus for nearly 150 members of the Greek travel industry.
“As well as basing MSC Lirica in Piraeus during summer 2022 to provide embarkation for our Greek guests we are also looking to attract holidaymakers from international destinations to board the ship,” Capurro said, adding that MSC Cruises has announced a new ‘Stay & Cruise’ package that includes accommodation and a city excursion in Athens.
The MSC Lirica has 992 guest cabins and cruise passengers can look forward to a selection of fine dining restaurants, world-class entertainment, relaxing bars and lounges, boutique shopping, spa and fitness centres, as well as an aquapark and clubs for toddlers to teenagers.
Voyages on board MSC Lirica will be, as they are for all of MSC’s cruise ships, only open to guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from the age of 12 upwards.
Greece to play great role for MSC Cruises this summer
According to MSC Cruises, Greece is set to play an even greater role this summer for the company in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
MSC Armonia, will call Piraeus on a weekly basis during the summer months and MSC Fantasia from September 2022 will perform 11-night cruises to the Greek port for guests to visit Athens. Summer sailings for MSC Musica include calls at Katakolon for Olympia, Heraklion and Santorini.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand.