MSC Cruises To Offer Middle East Cruises

Italian cruise line MSC Cruises is to add the United Arab Emirates to its list of destinations for the 2011/2012 winter season, becoming the latest cruise giant to offer regular cruises in the Middle East. The 59,000-GRT MSC Lirica will be homeported in Abu Dhabi and will sail a series of 7-night voyages around the Arabian Gulf.


Following the completion of her Mediterranean season, the ship repositions from Genoa, Italy, on 14 October 2011 for a 17-day southbound cruise to Abu Dhabi, calling at Naples, Port Said, Aqaba, Salalah, Muscat and Dubai enroute. On her weekly sailings from the UAE between October 2011 and March 2012, MSC Lirica takes cruisers to explore 5 unique ports of call – Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Fujairah and Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. On 11 March 2012, the ship will return to Genoa, with stops at Fujairah, Muscat, Salalah, Safaga, Aqaba, Port Sokhna, Port Said and Naples.


Onboard the vessel, guests will find cozy comforts in a traditional yet elegant setting. 780 luxurious cabins and suites offer premium accommodation, while the ship’s selection of restaurants, bars and lounges offer gourmet dining and different atmospheres to suit each preference. At sea, a dazzling array of entertainment and activities, ranging from shopping, production shows and gaming to spa treatments and the outdoor swimming pool ensures guests are kept occupied.


The Middle East is fast gaining prominence with cruisers attracted to its sunny and warm climate in winter. MSC Cruises will join rivals AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and industry giant Royal Caribbean International in sailing the region. For more information, visit

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