MSC Cruises Restart Sailing Operations In Spain

MSC Grandiosa offers seven-night cruises in the western Mediterranean calling Genoa, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Valetta in Malta and now Barcelona. Image: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises will restart its sailing operations in Spain with the deployment of MSC Grandiosa to Barcelona from June 26 for a Saturday embarkation. Valencia will be added as an additional port of call as of July 30.

The resumption of service is fully in line with local regulations in Spain and will be supported by MSC Cruises’ industry-leading Health & Safety protocol, which has protected tens of thousands of guests, as well as crew members and local communities since the line first introduced it in August 2020 on MSC Grandiosa.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said, “When we first announced our confirmed programmes for summer 2021, we indicated that we would enrich them with any new ports and destinations as they became available.

“This is the case today with Spain and Barcelona, allowing our guests to visit this magnificent destination that has been unavailable since March of last year thanks to the secure bubble ashore excursions we provide under our health and safety operating protocol.

“As measures are progressively relaxing across Europe and beyond and tourism resumes, we have every confidence that our progressive resumption of service will continue to move forward and that we will be able to add more ports and destinations from more countries to our itineraries very soon. This will allow us to either enrich existing itineraries or add new ones,” he added on June 4.

MSC Grandiosa offers seven-night cruises in the western Mediterranean calling Genoa, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Valetta in Malta and now Barcelona on Saturdays with embarkation in the Italian ports as well as Barcelona. From July 30, MSC Grandiosa will add Valencia to the itinerary with embarkation on Fridays.

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