MSC Cruises to Debut MSC Virtuosa in Series of Summer 2021 UK Cruises
Today, MSC Cruises has announced it will debut its newest vessel, MSC Virtuosa, for Summer 2021 sailings around the UK. The line will sail a series of 3-, 4-night cruises from Southampton beginning May 20, 2021, and sail 7-night cruises starting June 12, 2021, from three embarkation ports in England and Scotland.
According to an official statement from MSC, all voyages will be for British residents only and for guests of all ages who have either already been vaccinated or are waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. All guests will be tested before embarking the ship, and non-vaccinated guests will also be required to show proof of a negative test conducted up to 72 hours prior to embarkation.
“We are incredibly proud that we can offer British guests of all ages our very latest vessel MSC Virtuosa for their summer holiday and I’m sure they will have a fabulous time on board with all that this incredibly innovative ship has to offer, as well as being able to enjoy a range of protected shore excursions in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises. “We also look forward to the day when current international travel restrictions are lifted in the UK and we can welcome British guests back onboard our ships once again in the Mediterranean and other parts of the world that we know that they love to visit.”
The 3- and 4-night mini cruises will sail from Southampton on a quick getaway, calling on the Isle of Portland in Dorset as well as offer two at sea days. Seven-night sailings will include stops in Portland and the cultural city of Belfast in Northern Ireland with multiple ports of embarkation including Liverpool and Greenock, close to Glasgow in Scotland.
MSC Virtuosa is one of the line’s most innovative ships to date. The vessel is part of the Meraviglia class, characterized by an iconic 367-ft.-long Mediterranean-style promenade with a stunning LED skydome. The ship is home to Rob, the first-ever humanoid, robotic bartender at sea.
According to MSC, More than 55,000 guests have to date enjoyed safe and responsible cruise vacations since the line has resumed operations following its suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The line’ new heath and safety protocol was developed in 2020 with input from international health experts — including MSC Cruises’ ‘COVID-19 Blue-Ribbon Expert Group’ — and in close cooperation with relevant national and regional health, transport and safety authorities throughout Europe.