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A Look at MSC World Europa’s Inaugural Itineraries

The new MSC World Europa is set to debut later this year with an inaugural program in the Middle East.  before kicking off a year-round program in the Western Mediterranean in early 2023.

Cruise Industry News took a closer look at the ship’s first itineraries:

Short Cruise in the Middle East
Date: December 21, 2022
Length: 3 nights
Homeports: Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)  
Itinerary: Dubai, Sir Bani Yas and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Before kicking off its regular seven-night itinerary in the Middle East, the MSC World Europa is set to offer a short cruise in the region.

Sailing from Dubai, the three-night voyage includes visits to the beach of Sir Bani Yas and to Abu Dhabi – where the vessel is set to remain docked for nearly 14 hours. Passengers will also be able to board the ship in Abu Dhabi for a similar itinerary.

Week-long Cruises to Doha, UAE and Saudi Arabia
Date: Regular departures between December 2022 and March 2023
Length: 7 nights
Homeports: Doha (Qatar); Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Itinerary: Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Doha (Qatar), Dubai, Sir Bani Yas and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

The MSC World Europa is slated to offer a series of seven-night cruises in the Middle East during most of its inaugural winter season.

Starting in late December, the regular week-long itinerary leaves from the ports of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha and includes a visit to the island of Sir Bani Yas as well. The cruise is also highlighted by a visit to Dammam, an unusual cruise destination in Saudi Arabia. 

18-Night Repositioning Cruise to Europe 
Date: March 25, 2023
Length: 18 nights
Homeport: Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Genoa (Italy)
Itinerary: Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas (United Arab Emirates); Muscat (Oman); Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Suez Canal (Egypt); Naples and Civitavecchia (Italy)

Upon concluding its Middle East program, the MSC World Europa is set to offer a unique repositioning voyage to Europe in late March.

The 18-night cruise is set to cross the Suez Canal and includes visits to four countries before arriving in Genoa – MSC’s biggest homeport in Italy. Sailing from Dubai, the itinerary also features visits to Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Summer in the Western Mediterranean
Date: Regular departures between April and October 2023
Length: 7 nights
Homeports: Genoa, Messina and Naples (Italy); Barcelona (Spain); and Marseille (France)
Itinerary: Genoa, Messina and Naples (Italy); Barcelona (Spain); Valletta (Malta); and Marseille (France)

The European debut of the MSC World Europa features a year-round program of seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean.

Departing from multiple ports, the ship’s summer itinerary will be operated between April and October 2023 and features visits to Malta, Italy, Spain and France.

Winter in the Western Mediterranean
Date: Regular departures between November 2023 and April 2024
Length: 7 nights
Homeports: Genoa, Civitavecchia and Palermo (Italy); Barcelona (Spain); and Marseille (France)
Itinerary: Genoa, Civitavecchia and Palermo (Italy); Barcelona (Spain); Valletta (Malta); and Marseille (France)

Continuing its year-round program in the Western Mediterranean, the MSC World Europa is set to offer a different itinerary during the 2023-2024 winter.

Also sailing to Italy, Spain, France and Malta, the cruise includes drops Naples and Messina in favor of Civitavecchia, the getaway to Rome, and Palermo, the capital city of the island of Sicily.

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