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Geneva, Switzerland – August 22, 2022 MSC Cruises announced an update today to its Winter 2022/23 program as follows:  

  • MSC Virtuosa will replace MSC Preziosa in Northern Europe, offering the planned “Northern Pearl” sailings—a newly introduced winter itinerary in 2021. The 7-night cruises visit Hamburg (Germany); Zeebrugge, serving Bruges and Brussels (Belgium); Rotterdam (the Netherlands); Le Havre, serving Paris (France); and Southampton, serving London (UK).
  • MSC Preziosa will be based in Santos (Brazil). The ship will offer a range of mini sailings and 7-night cruises that include Uruguay and Argentina, as well as cruises calling at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for New Years and during Carnival in February. MSC Preziosa’s local season will finish with a 22-night Grand Voyage from Santos and Rio de Janeiro to Northern Europe for Summer 2023.
  • MSC Bellissima will replace her sister ship MSC Virtuosa in the Mediterranean, where she will take over planned 7-night sailings calling at the Italian ports of Genoa, La Spezia and Naples; Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona (Spain); and Marseille (France).

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    Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises – the contemporary brand - has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025, with options for six more vessel orders in place through 2030.

    MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs, and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships, click here.

    The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve.  In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol, click here.

    MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship, with a long-term goal to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry-wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment, click here

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