MSC Cruises introduces ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages

Pre cruise land packages to be offered in multiple cities

Venice, Italy | MSC Rights

MSC Cruises is preparing to introduce new city stay packages that can be paired with sailings in select ports around the world.

Launching in the northern summer, the ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages will include up to two nights accommodation, breakfast, a half-day city sightseeing tour, luggage transfer from the hotel to the cruise ship and private transfers to the ship.

Initially available in Venice, Italy and Athens, Greece when married with a seven-night voyage, MSC Cruises will also launch the new ‘Stay & Cruise’ offering in Miami and Port Carnaveral/Orlando and New York in 2023.

Acropolis - Athens, Greece | MSC Rights

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The hotels utlised in the packages will have dedicated MSC Cruises’ staff on hand in the lobby throughout the day to provide guests with ‘top tips’ for getting the most from their city excursion, and more.

Air travel can also be booked through MSC Cruises and added to the ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages to allow guests to also book convenient flights and spend up to two days of discovery on land ahead of a spectacular cruise sailing.

The new packages for East Mediterranean itineraries will be on sale by the end of April and can be booked through MSC Cruises’ website or through travel agents.

The two-day ‘Venice Viewpoint’ will be for guests booking to sail onboard MSC Armonia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia from the Italian ports of Venice/Marghera, Monfalcone/Venice and Trieste.

Guests for MSC Lirica’s sailings from the port of Piraeus in Greece can opt for up to two days of ‘Athens Attractions’ ahead of their cruise.

Italy, Venice | MSC Rights

Achille Staiano, Vice President – Global Sales, MSC Cruises, said, “Up to two days spent in the magnificent cities of ether Venice or Athens will be a fantastic prelude to our guests’ seven-night cruises in the East Mediterranean and should be especially attractive for those that will fly into Italy and Greece for their summer holiday so that they can really make the most out of their trip.

“Similarly, when we rolled out the ‘Stay & Cruise’ program later this year in the USA we’ll see many more Europeans join our cruise ships to take advantage of having a truly memorable time in Miami and Orlando, plus from summer 2023, New York will prove a strong pull for those who want to explore the Big Apple prior to their cruise.”

MSC Cruises’ ‘Stay & Cruise’ packages have been put together in partnership with the brands’ Italian tour operator, Going.

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