Geneva, Switzerland - October 12, 2023 - MSC Cruises has revised the East Mediterranean itineraries for MSC Sinfonia and MSC Musica in light of the geopolitical situation in Israel.
MSC Sinfonia’s future eight 11-night voyages will see Haifa, Israel replaced by Istanbul, Turkey which also means Rhodes will be replaced by Piraeus, Greece and Izmir, Turkey will replace Limassol, Cyprus.
Starting October 21, 2023, MSC Sinfonia’s new itinerary will be the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia and Messina followed by Piraeus, Izmir, Istanbul and Heraklion in Crete before the ship returns to Genoa, Italy.
MSC Musica’s future three 7-night voyages from Piraeus, Greece will see Haifa replaced by Rhodes on October 18 and 25, 2023 and Marmaris in Turkey on November 1, 2023.
Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises, said, “The safety of our passengers and crew is always our top priority and we have worked rapidly to revise the itineraries of MSC Sinfonia and MSC Musica to offer an extremely attractive alternative for the winter months.”
The line has started the process of communication with all of its passengers and their travel agents affected by the changes.
MSC Cruises will also update its website to reflect the confirmed details of the new itineraries to provide maximum clarity for existing passengers as well as for anyone looking to book future holidays at sea in the East Mediterranean during the winter months.
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NOTE TO EDITORS
A total of 11 future sailings for MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia have been revised, between October 15, 2023 and January 6, 2024 (details below), after which these ships continue their planned itineraries from Buenos Aires, Argentina (MSC Musica) and Genoa, Italy (MSC Sinfonia).
MSC Musica – three future 7-night departures, from Piraeus, between October 15, 2023 up to, and including October 29, 2023 departures have been updated:
MSC Sinfonia – eight future 11-night departures, from Genoa, between October 21, 2023 up to, and including January 6, 2024 departures have been updated:
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