MSC Cruises, the world’s third-largest cruise brand has announced Piraeus, Athens, as the home port of the “MSC Lirica” cruise ship for the East Mediterranean schedule in the summer of 2022.

Lirica will offer a new schedule of seven overnight stays and 28 itineraries 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 during the summer season, when MSC Lirica entertains mainly Europeans from Italy, Germany, France, and Spain.

Crete and Heraklion 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 will also feature in another three schedules of MSC Cruises ships in the East Mediterranean (the MSCs Armonia, Fantasia, and Musica). 

MSC Cruises Executive Director Angelo Capurro emphasised that Greece “will be a key player in our scheduling for cruise ships in the East Mediterranean next summer.”

The Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ will also be highlighted as an arrival airport for European and North American tourists who want to get on the cruises, “it is one of the safest choices of vacation that will provide memorable onboard experiences,” added Capurro, who also said that company cruises in Europe attract 180 different nationalities, on trips where “they may feel at home, relaxed, and above all safe.”

MSC Cruises is the world’s third-largest cruise brand and the fastest-growing one globally. It is a Swiss-Italian global cruise line that was founded in Naples, Italy, in 1989 and is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., the world’s second-biggest container shipping operator.

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This article was written/ edited by a team member of IN+SIGHTS GREECE.

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