MSC Cruises introduces MSC Lirica to the UAE with new longer itineraries and calls to India

MSC Cruises is enhancing its range of cruises from the United Arab Emirates with the introduction of a second ship, MSC Lirica. Featuring new extended cruises of 11 nights and 14 nights, MSC Lirica will be making her debut in the UAE in November 2018, offering longer itineraries, two overnight stays in Dubai, as well as cruises to India. This addition to the winter 2018/19 sailings offers guests extended winter cruise holidays, and the chance to discover yet more new and exotic destinations.

This year, for the first time, MSC Cruises will offer its guests cruises to India from Dubai. Guests will call at bustling Abu Dhabi, followed by the serene and picturesque Muscat, before crossing the Arabian Sea and calling in Mumbai – the front door to India. Teeming with energy and excitement, Mumbai is a place where cultures collide. Guests can lose themself in some of the grandest colonial architecture India has to offer or take a cool-dive into the many bazaars and hidden temples. The voyage also offers chances to escape from it all whilst watching the sun go down across the uninterrupted stretch of golden beaches in Goa, as well as the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Mangalore.

For those searching for a longer getaway in the winter sun, MSC Cruises’ 11-night itineraries from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will provide the perfect escape. En route they will find beautiful beach locations  like Sir Bani Yas, a unique island beach oasis with pristine beaches, water activities and access to the region’s largest nature reserve and The Pearl-Qatar, the stunning man-made island which spans a million square metres and is home to beaches, a wide range of shopping and over 100 bars and restaurants. Other ports of call include Khasab in Oman, one of the most striking cities on the Arabian Peninsula, where turquoise water cools the warm beaches on the shores of its impressive and historic fort and Manama, Bahrain’s charming capital, a metropolis abuzz with culture and intrigue where modern skyscrapers stand with historic buildings.

MSC Cruises is also introducing two overnight stays in Dubai giving guests the chance to take in the sights of the legendary night skyline. Beyond this, MSC Lirica passengers will witness the sunset over the domes and minarets of the historic port city of Muscat.

Travelers seeking even more adventure can embark on a Grand Voyage and traverse the historic Suez Canal as MSC Lirica will depart Venice, Italy on 2nd November and arrive in Dubai on 18th November and then return to the Mediterranean on 15th March.

MSC Lirica will be offering ten cruises, starting from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi, which can be booked with a Fly&Cruise package – including flights, transfers and an all-inclusive drinks package.

MSC Splendida will also be based in the UAE for Winter 18/19 offering 7 night cruises with two embarkation ports – Dubai on Saturday and Abu Dhabi on Sunday. MSC Splendida features the MSC Yacht Club, designed for discerning guests who desire exclusivity and privacy but with a world of choice. The MSC Yacht Club is an innovative “ship within a ship” offering an entirely self-contained area on the foredecks of the ship with sweeping sea views. Guests in the Yacht Club enjoy a range of private facilities including a pool, solarium and a dedicated restaurant.

For a look inside the Yacht Club onboard MSC Splendida visit “MSC Yacht Club: the luxury way of life“.



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