MSC Cruises’ Debut in China

By September 8, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Europe-based MSC Cruises heads to China for the first time, on board the newly-renovated MSC Lirica.

The newly-renovated, 65,000-ton, 2,679-passenger MSC Lirica is set to make its comeback in a big way – via a “Grand Voyage” that will bring passengers around the world, including the cruise line’s maiden call to China when it stops in Shanghai in May, 2016. The comprehensive renovations to the MSC Lirica, under MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Program, is set to finish by November of this year.

The MSC Lirica’s Grand Voyage begins on March, 2016. The route, Brazil to China via Europe, is offered at varying lengths and embarkation points: departing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a 60-night trip; embarking at Genoa, Italy for a 41-night trip; or catching up with the vessel in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for a 26-night trip that ultimately brings everyone on board to Shanghai, China.

Depending on a passenger’s chosen point of embarkation, they are set to see some of the world’s most enticing spots along the coast of Brazil, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean, including Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Genoa and Naples in Italy; and Crete and Heraklion in Greece. Exotic stops are also scheduled in Jordan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Japan. The aptly named “Grand” voyage is set to conclude in Shanghai on the 1st of May, 2016.

What a breathtaking list of stops! Full voyage fares reportedly start at $4,799 per person.

It’s an exciting time for MSC Cruises, which had also recently announced plans of calling at Cuba via the MSC Opera (see related article, “MSC Opera Finds a Home in Cuba for the Winter”). May their new ventures bring MSC Cruises more success, and their passengers more fun and unforgettable travel experiences.

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