MSC Cruises To Foray East

MSC Cruises will bring one of its liners to Australia for the first time in 2015. The Italian cruise line has committed the 2,550-passenger MSC Orchestra for its debut down under. Launched in 2007, the Musica-class ship will fly the flag for MSC Cruises with an exclusive 33-day Grand Voyage from Dubai to Perth via Asia.


Departing the emirate on 21 February 2015, the elegant ship will head east, visiting 13 ports in 8 different countries. The first port call will be India’s commercial capital of Mumbai, following the coast south to Kochi before cruising on to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. MSC Orchestra then sails across the Bay of Bengal for Southeast Asia, taking in the resort islands of Phuket and Langkawi to Singapore, where she will overnight. Continuing south, the 92,400-GRT vessel will visit Bali before entering Australian waters to Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.


As part of the MSC Grand Voyage series, cruisers will enjoy comprehensive instructive activities and lectures by experts, while food, beverage and entertainment offers will be specifically tailored to the journey, capturing the essence of the destinations visited during the trip. The wide range of activities will include menus, cooking demonstrations and dance classes inspired by the places explored and many other themed entertainment initiatives.


Asia and Australia represents a new growth area for MSC Cruises, which in recent years has focused on core markets in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America. The line has rapidly expanded to now include 12 ships expected to carry just under 1.7 million travellers in 2014.


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