Published on : Wednesday, March 31, 2021
MSC Cruises has recently revealed that it will offer short breaks and week-long summer sailings around the British Isles this summer from Southampton. Starting May 20, MSC Virtuosa, the line’s recently delivered and newest flagship will be deployed to the UK for her inaugural season. She will replace MSC Magnifica and spend summer operating the special range of sailings to some of the most popular ports in the UK such as Portland, Liverpool, Greenock and Belfast.
All operations will be conducted in accordance with relevant government requirements and will see the implementation of MSC Cruises’ industry-leading health and safety protocol. At present, the sailings are available to UK residents only, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. MSC Virtuosa will initially operate six mini-cruises that will include a stop in Portland with embarkation in Southampton. These will be followed by a series of seven-night sailings providing embarkation also in the ports of Liverpool and Greenock, giving holidaymakers across the UK the option to easily escape on holiday with minimal travel. From June 12, holidaymakers will be able to join seven-night sailings that will include stops in Portland and the cultural city of Belfast and offer multiple ports of embarkation including Liverpool and Greenock, close to Glasgow.
Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director, MSC Cruises UK & Ireland, said in a statement that following recent announcement that the line intends to offer cruises in the UK, the company has been overwhelmed by the response from customers and avid cruisers eager to get back on board and experience a cruise with the line this summer. He shared that he is personally very proud to be able to bring the newest ship MSC Virtuosa to the UK so that valued British guests are the first to officially come on board and the first to experience the incredible next generation ship.