MSC Cruises’ 19th and final ship, MSC Musica, resumed cruising this week, marking the cruise line’s full return to service.
The cruise ship has set sail for the start of the 2022 summer season on the first of its 23 scheduled seven-night cruises to Katakolon in Greece, the traditional home of the Olympic Games, as well as the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini, and Bari in Italy. .
Rubén A. Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA, said: “Recommissioning the last of our ships is a significant milestone for all of our hard-working crew members on board, and it is a significant milestone for our customers looking for new ways to experience fantastic destinations around the world.We were the first major line to resume international cruises in summer 2020. Our industry-leading health and safety protocols have laid the groundwork for us to return to full strength and give our travel agent partners and their customers what they want: a relaxed, enjoyable and, above all, safe cruise vacation.”
Following the global cruise industry’s voluntary shutdown in March 2020 following the pandemic ashore, MSC Grandiosa became the first ship from a major cruise line to return to sea in August 2020 as part of the MSC Cruises’ pioneering health and safety protocol designed for the well-being of guests and crew on the line.
MSC Cruises has remained true to its ambitious expansion program throughout the pandemic. The cruise line introduced two new ships to its fleet in 2021: MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore.
The cruise line will welcome two more cruise ships at the end of 2022, MSC Seascape and MSC World Europa, the latter being its first liquefied natural gas-powered ship. Cruises on both ships are open for reservations.