MSC will go to the Red Sea
Italian cruise operator MSC Cruises will open the Red Sea direction. This region is among the new routes, which the company intends to develop in 2012-2013 season.
Red Sea cruises from MSC Cruises will be available from autumn 2012. During the winter season Red Sea cruises will be served by the MSC Armonia liner. The first cruise departs from Venice on November 2 and will last for 9 days. During the cruise the liner will cross the Suez Canal and visit such ports as Ancona in Italy, Heraklion in Greece, Marmaris in Turkey and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.
Then starting from November 10, 2012 MSC Armonia will perform regular 8-day cruises until April 2013 across the most popular Red Sea ports, including Aqaba in Jordan, Eilat in Israel, Soukhna ("the port of the pyramids") and Safaga ("the port of Luxor") in Egypt.
All cruises will depart from the port of Sharm el-Sheikh. The final MSC Armonia voyage in the winter season is scheduled for April 6, 2013. On this day the liner will go for a 10-day cruise back to the port of Venice, but visit other ports: Sokhna in Egypt, Limassol in Cyprus, Antalya in Turkey, Rhodes and Heraklion in Greece, as well as Kotor in Montenegro.
MSC Armonia Is a liner, which can receive up to 2,000 passengers. The ship was built in 2001 and is one of the most famous ships of the MSC brand. For example, in 2001 MSC Armonia, which was then called MS European Vision, was chartered by the organizers of the G8 meeting for the world leaders. During summer 2012 the ship will serve Mediterranean routes. In the coming season MSC Armonia is planning to visitsuch ports as Corfu, Venice, Kotor, Piraeus, and others.
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