MSC Cruises will introduce new “Stay & Cruise” packages this summer to provide guests with the chance to get the most of their vacation, both ashore and at sea, by offering an enriched and complete end-to-end experience.
The line’s guests for East Mediterranean voyages will have the opportunity to spend up to two days exploring either Venice, Italy or Athens, Greece before they set sail for their seven-night vacations at sea.
The offering will also be rolled out in late summer 2022 for MSC Cruises’ U.S. sailings from Miami and Port Canaveral/Orlando with New York added in summer 2023.
The new comprehensive offer includes up to two nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast included, a half-day city exploration excursion, luggage transfers from the hotel to guest cabins onboard the cruise ship and private ground transportation to the vessel’s embarkation port. Air travel can also be booked through MSC Cruises and added to the ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages.
The hotels will have dedicated MSC Cruises staff on hand at convenient times throughout the day to provide guests with a wealth of information and “top tips” for getting the most from their city excursion. Staff members will be stationed in the hotel lobbies to provide guests with a seamless and stress-free experience.
The new packages for East Mediterranean itineraries will go on sale by end of April and can be booked through MSC Cruises’ website or through travel advisors.
The two-day “Venice Viewpoint” will be available for guests looking to sail onboard MSC Armonia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia from the Italian ports of Venice/Marghera, Monfalcone/Venice and Trieste.
Guests for MSC Lirica’s sailings from the port of Piraeus in Greece can opt for up to two days of “Athens Attractions” ahead of their cruise.
“Up to two days spent in the magnificent cities of either Venice or Athens will be a fantastic prelude to our guests’ seven-night cruises in the East Mediterranean and should be especially attractive for those that will fly into Italy and Greece for their summer holiday so that they can really make the most out of their trip. Similarly, when we roll out the ‘Stay & Cruise’ program later this year in the USA we’ll see many more Europeans join our cruise ships to take advantage of having a truly memorable time in Miami and Orlando, plus from summer 2023, New York will prove a strong pull for those who want to explore the Big Apple prior to their cruise.” said Achille Staiano, Vice President – Global Sales, MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages have been put together in partnership with the line’s 100 percent owned Italian tour operator, Going.