MSC has just announced the enhancement of its cruises from the United Arab Emirates with the introduction of a second ship, MSC Lirica.
Guests can choose from a range of new extended cruises of 11 nights and 14 nights as MSC Lirica will be making her debut in the UAE in November 2018, offering longer itineraries, two overnight stays in Dubai, and cruises to India for the very first time.
This addition to the winter 18/19 sailings offers guests extended winter cruise holidays, and the chance to discover yet more new and exotic destinations.
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO, expressed his enthusiasm stating: “This will be our seventh season in the UAE and we have seen strong demand for our quality product offering from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A strong Fly&Cruise programme means that guests from all around the world are able to enjoy this popular cruise region.
Our modern ships and distinctive, quality cruise experience are an appealing way for holidaymakers to explore the rich and diverse experiences that the UAE can offer.”
Mr Onorato continued, “Introducing India to MSC Cruises’ Winter 18/19 itineraries demonstrates how our significant investment plan is enabling us to expand our global footprint and establish a presence in a high-potential market, one that we expect to grow considerably over the coming years.”
Discover the Delights of India
For the first time in MSC history, they will offer its guests cruises to India from Dubai with calls at Abu Dhabi and Muscat, before crossing the Arabian Sea and calling in Mumbai– the front door to India.
Mumbai is a destination full of energy where cultures collide; guests can lose themselves in some of the grandest colonial architecture India has to offer.
The voyage continues and offers chances to escape from it all whilst watching the sun go down across the uninterrupted stretch of golden beaches in Goa, before discovering the hidden gems of Mangalore.
Extended Winter Sun
For those wanting a longer getaway, MSC’s 11-night itineraries from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will give fans the perfect escape with a few beach locations en route.
Sir Bani Yas, a unique island beach oasis, is exclusive to MSC Cruises on the days it calls and offers guests pristine beaches, water activities and access to the region’s largest nature reserve.
The Pearl-Qatar, Doha’s stunning man-made island, spans a million square metres and is home to beaches, shopping and over 100 bars and restaurants.
Khasab, Oman is one of the most striking cities on the Arabian Peninsula and Manama, Bahrain’s charming capital, is a metropolis abuzz with culture and intrigue where modern skyscrapers stand with historic buildings.
More time to explore
MSC is also introducing two overnight stays in Dubai as part of its new itineraries, allowing guests an extended amount of time to explore the delights of this cosmopolitan port.
Guests can take in the sights of the legendary night skyline, from a luxury spot onboard MSC Lirica- watch the sun go down in Muscat over the domes and minarets of this historic port city for an evening to truly remember.
Shore Excursions for Every Port
Booking an excursion through MSC Cruises is stress-free, with offers to meet all your holiday needs; anyone that books in advance will also benefit from a 20% discount. Highlights of the shore excursions onboard MSC Lirica include:
–Dubai – EXCLUSIVE DUBAI: BURJ KHALIFA & LUNCH AT BURJ AL ARAB
This excursion takes you to some of the most iconic symbols of Dubai: from Dubai Mall, to the world’s tallest building, the incredible Burj Al Khalifa, to world-renowned seven-star luxury hotel Burj Al Arab, and the man-made, palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah.
-Abu Dhabi – THE LOUVRE MUSEUM & ABU DHABI EXPLORATION
Fondly referred to as the “Manhattan of Arabia,” this sightseeing tour means finishing up at the incredible new Louvre Abu Dhabi, the largest art museum on the Arabian Peninsula.
-Bahrain – BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT IN A 4X4
Here, guests can feel like a true adventurer and score through the Bahrain International Circuit in the heart of the Sakhir Desert and take a 4×4 to the limit over man-made and natural obstacles.
-Muscat – MYSTICAL MUSCAT
This excursion means communing with Oman’s spiritual and cultural heritage, on a tour from the Grand Mosque, through to old Muscat and the Muttrah Souk, a traditional Omani market.
-Qatar – DESERT SAFARI AND RELAX AT THE BEACH
To understand Qatar’s singularity, a trip through its surrounding desert is a must. Experience an exhilarating ride as across the rolling sand dunes, and end up at Gulf Adventure camp; an oasis of tranquillity located in the Arabian desert, kissed by the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf.
-Goa – CROCODILES, MANGROVE & RIVER CRUISE
Discover Goa’s verdant landscape on this one-of-kind river cruise. Head down to the mangroves where the Cumbarjua River flows; the impressive birdlife and freshwater crocodiles are a sight to remember.
-Mumbai – OVERLAND TO THE TAJ MAHAL
Over the course of three days, this tour takes guests through Mumbai, New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra– home to the breath-taking Taj Mahal– and Cochin. With two nights in luxury hotels, experience an express tour through some of India’s most famous and memorable landmarks.
-New Mangalore – Jain & Udupi Temples
Visit the famous Jain temples of Mangalore. From the 15th Century Moodbidiri temple, to Udupi’s Krishna Temple, these ancient temples are a unique immersion into India’s heritage.
A Grand Adventure!
The Grand Voyages offer a unique opportunity to traverse the historic Suez Canal. MSC Lirica will depart from Venice on 2nd November and arrives in Dubai on 18th November before returning to the Mediterranean on 15th March.
There are ten cruises on offer starting from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi with Fly&Cruise packages, and MSC Lirica represents the height of style and comfort at sea.
This modern ship will offer fine dining options with the best of Mediterranean and International cuisines, exclusive, world-class entertainment, unparalleled family facilities, luxurious pampering and wellness and accommodation to meet every need.
What do you think about cruising with MSC Lirica? Does one of these iconic routes sound appealing to you? Have you already sailed with MSC? Leave us your comments…
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