Geneva, Switzerland, 4 April 2022 – MSC Cruises is to introduce new ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages this summer to provide guests with the chance to get the most of their holiday both ashore and at sea by offering an enriched and complete end-to-end experience.
The line’s guests for East Mediterranean voyages will have the opportunity to spend up to two days exploring either Venice, Italy or Athens, Greece before they set sail for their seven-night holidays at sea.
The offering will also be rolled out in late summer 2022 for MSC Cruises’ U.S. sailings from Miami and Port Canaveral/Orlando with New York added in summer 2023.
The new comprehensive offer includes up to two nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast included, a half-day city exploration excursion, luggage transfers from the hotel to guest cabins onboard the cruise ship and private ground transportation to the vessel’s embarkation port.
The hotels will have dedicated MSC Cruises’ staff on hand at convenient times throughout the day in the lobby to provide guests with a raft of information and ‘top tips’ for getting the most from their city excursion - designed to provide guests with a seamless and stress-free experience.
Air travel can also be booked through MSC Cruises and added to the ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages to allow guests to also book convenient flights and spend up to two days of discovery on land ahead of a spectacular cruise sailing.
The new packages for East Mediterranean itineraries will be on sale by the end of April and can be booked through MSC Cruises’ website or through travel agents.
The two-day ‘Venice Viewpoint’ will be for guests looking to sail onboard MSC Armonia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia from the Italian ports of Venice/Marghera, Monfalcone/Venice and Trieste.
Guests for MSC Lirica’s sailings from the port of Piraeus in Greece can opt for up to two days of ‘Athens Attractions’ ahead of their cruise.
Achille Staiano, Vice President – Global Sales, MSC Cruises, said, “Up to two days spent in the magnificent cities of ether Venice or Athens will be a fantastic prelude to our guests’ seven-night cruises in the East Mediterranean and should be especially attractive for those that will fly into Italy and Greece for their summer holiday so that they can really make the most out of their trip.
“Similarly, when we roll out the ‘Stay & Cruise’ programme later this year in the USA we’ll see many more Europeans join our cruise ships to take advantage of having a truly memorable time in Miami and Orlando, plus from summer 2023, New York will prove a strong pull for those who want to explore the Big Apple prior to their cruise.”
MSC Cruises ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages have been put together in partnership with its 100 per cent owned Italian tour operator, Going.