London, UK – 21st September 2022: Today marks the launch of the brand new 2023 itineraries for MSC Virtuosa. It was announced recently that MSC Virtuosa will be based in the UK for the 22/23 season after roaring success during previous years. MSC Virtuosa was the first ship in the UK to restart cruising following the relaxing of covid restrictions last year and has been a firm British favourite due to its wide variety of destinations and exceptional on board offering. We have collated 4 of the best sailings which have recently launched covering a selection of destinations and trip lengths – everything from new to cruise to a once in a lifetime trip for seasoned cruisers.
Escape the January blues with a 21 day cruise taking you across Europe from Southampton to Hamburg, Lisbon, Casablanca and many more. This sailing offers passengers the chance to explore a number of popular European destinations within a single holiday and is the perfect sailing for experienced cruisers who are looking for a big trip or those who just want a longer break. Excursions like Segway Tours in Lisbon and a tour of the city and Hassan II’s Mosque in Casablanca will allow you to see the best of the destinations from a new perspective. Sailing departs from Southampton on 6 January and ports in Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Lisbon, Cadiz, Casablanca, Funchal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arrecife de Lanzarote, La Coruna before returning to Southampton. Prices start from £1,199.
A fantastic option for those looking for a break this Bank Holiday May, a 5 day mini cruise visiting Rotterdam, Ringaskiddy in Ireland and for the first time, Falmouth in Cornwall. The perfect escape for anyone looking to dip their toe into the world of cruising, start the trip by enjoying the buzzing nightlight and impressive architecture in Rotterdam and end it by sampling delicious Cornish pasties on the beautiful Cornish coast. Sailing departs from Southampton on 29 May and ports in Rotterdam, Ringaskiddy and Falmouth before returning to Southampton on 3 June. Prices start from £669.
Amongst some of the most beautiful, remote and unspoiled landscapes on Earth, the Fjords are an absolute must see at least once in a lifetime and one of the best ways to see them is by cruise ship – which offers unbeatable panoramic views. This itinerary, departing from Southampton, explores many of Norway’s Fjords, and also visits Reykjavik, Iceland for the first time and Stornoway, Scotland for even more beautiful scenery. Enjoy stand-up paddle boarding in Alesund, and whale watching or a horseback nature trek in Iceland to really make the most of the beautiful landscapes. Sailing departs from Southampton on 3 June and ports in Greenock, Stornoway, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Alesund, Maloy and the beautiful Flaam before returning to Southampton on 17 June. Prices start from £1,599.
Alongside the Fjords, Norway has many other beautiful towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Haugesund and Kristiansund are two picturesque locations with classic Norwegian architecture and beautiful views, showcasing Norway’s reputation as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Enjoy excursions like a tour of the village of Høllen for a glimpse into old Norway or a visit to Setesdal Mineral Park to discover the origins of precious stones such as amethyst and topaz and get a more unusual experience of the country. Sailing departs from Southampton on 2 September and ports in Haugesund, Olden, Flaam, Kristiansund before returning to Southampton on 9September. Prices start from £749.