MSC Cruises’ thirteenth ship, MSC Fantasia, restarts with 21 West Med Voyages
MSC Cruises’ thirteenth ship to resume operations since the industry’s voluntary pause in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic ashore set sail yesterday from Genoa in Italy for a series of winter season voyages in the Mediterranean.
MSC Fantasia will operate 21 7-night cruises from her Italian homeport with calls at La Spezia, Italy; Palma in Majorca; Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France before returning to Genoa.
MSC Cruises has steadily ramped up its passenger voyages since it became the first major line to restart operations in August 2020 with an industry-leading health and safety protocol and on Friday MSC Preziosa became the first international cruise ship to resume sailings in South America after a 20 month hiatus in the continent with a 3-night sailing from Santos in Brazil.
The Company will base three ships in the coming weeks in Brazil to consolidate its position as the leading cruise operator in South America and also homeport a vessel from December in South Africa to bolster its number one repeated status in the local region.
MSC Cruises is currently operating two ships from Florida, USA – MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina – eight vessels in the Mediterranean – MSC Seashore, MSC Virtuosa, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Seaview, MSC Seaside, MSC Orchestra, MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica – plus MSC Bellissima in Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea from Jeddah.
Now MSC Fantasia has set sail, MSC Cruises is on track for a continued resumption into next year and aims to have its entire fleet of ships back at sea during the summer 2022 season.
MSC Fantasia’s return to service is designed to attract the desires of a wide range of cruise guests, especially families, and he ship also offers a luxury experience for holidaymakers with the MSC Yacht Club who desire exclusivity and privacy.
The MSC Yacht Club is an innovative ‘ship within a ship’ design concept, that provides an entirely self-contained area on the foredecks of the ship with special sea views and a range of private facilities including a pool, solarium and dedicated restaurant.
MSC Fantasia also boasts a diverse choice of sports and entertainment facilities from five-a-side football, tennis and basketball courts, a mini-golf course, a jogging track and gym to an aqua park complex, Formula 1 simulator and 4D cinema
An MSC Aurea Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies.
Finally, MSC Fantasia’s on board dining options for guest offer a range of formal and informal European and international cuisine.