MSC Cruises has chosen Piraeus as the home port of the "MSC Lirica" cruiseship for the East Mediterranean schedule in the summer of 2022, it said.
Lirica scheduling will offer a new schedule of 7 overnight stays and 28 itineraris between April and October 2022. Some of the destinations include Kusadasi (Turkey), Haifa (Israel), Limassol (Cyprus) and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini, before returning to Piraeus. Travellers will be able to start at any of the mainland cities named above.
Crete and Iraklio in particular will also be included as a stopover in the four 11-day trips offered in the East Mediterranean between November and December 2022. Greece also features in another three schedules of MSC Cruises ships in the East Mediterranean (the MSCs Armonia, Fantasia and Musica).
MSC Cruises Executive Director Angelo Capurro said that Greece "will be a key player in our scheduling for cruiseships in the East Mediterranean next summer." The Athens International Airport 'El. Venizelos' will also feature as an arrival airport for European and North American tourists who want to get on the cruises, he added, "one of the safest choices of vacation that will provide memorable onboard experiences."
Capurro said that company cruises in Europe attract 180 different nationalities, on trips where "they may feel at home, relaxed, and above all safe."
According to its site, MSC Cruises is the world's third largest cruise brand and the fastest-growing one globally. Its headquarters are in Geneva and it is part of privately held MSC Group.