MSC Virtuosa to remain in the UK offering year-round no-fly sailings from Southampton - Cruise International

MSC Virtuosa to remain in the UK offering year-round no-fly sailings from Southampton

By Claire Benktander | 23 Aug 2022

MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa. Credit: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has announced that MSC Virtuosa, launched in 2021, will become the flagship cruise for the UK, offering sailings departing from Southampton for this winter and next summer.

This will be the first time that MSC Cruises has continuously operated one of its vessels from the UK year-round. The ship returned to the UK in April this year and will now continue to operate out of Southampton through to the end of the summer 2023 season.

MSC Virtuosa launched in 2021 and became the first ship to restart UK cruises in May of that year. It is part of MSC’s Meraviglia class, designed as the ‘ship for all seasons’, with 2,421 cabins on board.

Top Sail Lounge, MSC Yacht Club, MSC Virtuosa

Top Sail Lounge, MSC Yacht Club, MSC Virtuosa. Credit: Ivan Sarfatti

Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director UK and Ireland of MSC Cruises, said, “Since MSC Virtuosa first came to the UK, the feedback from our guests has been incredible and the ships has been a huge hit.

“The increased appetite for stress-free no-fly cruises out of the UK combined with the benefits of the new state-of-the-art Horizon Terminal has resulted in huge demand.

“The continued deployment of one of our newest and most innovative ships out of the UK is just further proof of the continued importance of the UK market, which began with our first full ex-UK season back in 2018. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and we are committed to offering the best possible experience for our guests from the UK and Ireland.”

MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite, MSC Virtuosa

MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite, MSC Virtuosa. Credit: Ivan Sarfatti

MSC Virtuosa will now replace MSC Preziosa’s itineraries this winter, offering the new ‘Northern Pearls’ itinerary from Southampton to Hamburg for Berlin in Germany; Zeebrugge for Bruges and Brussels in Belgium; Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Le Havre for Paris in France, with cruises ranging from three-night breaks to three-week trips.

“MSC Virtuosa’s deployment for winter will see us increase our capacity for the season and will provide an even more attractive offering for our guests looking for a winter break without having to take a flight,” said Antonio.

In summer 2023, MSC Virtuosa will replace MSC Grandiosa offering a range of itineraries, from mini cruises and 7-night sailings to longer cruises.

For more details head to msccruises.co.uk.

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