MSC has announced that it has suspended remaining 2015 calls in Ukraine and Egypt, replacing them with a range of Mediterranean destinations.
The line’s MSC Sinfonia, Opera, Fantasia and Musica will sail to Bulgaria, the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete, as well as Cyprus and Israel from autumn 2015 to winter 2016.
MSC said the move had been taken in response to market demand and the ongoing political unrest in both countries.
The affected cruises are:
- 12-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings on MSC Opera: Rhodes, Greece and Heraklion, Crete replace Alexandria, Egypt. (September 28, October 10 and October 22, 2015)
- 12-night Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea sailings from Genoa on MSC Sinfonia: Burgas, Bulgaria replaces Odessa, Ukraine. (September 17 and October 11, 2015)
- 11-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings on MSC Fantasia: Rhodes, Greece and Heraklion, Crete replace Alexandria, Egypt. (December 17, 2015, January 8, January 30, February 21, March 14 and March 25, 2016)
In addition, port calls in Egypt have been removed from the line’s Grand Voyages. MSC Sinfonia will instead visit Heraklion, Crete and Eilat, Israel, while MSC Musica will take in Heraklion.
Earlier this week it was announced that MSC has started work on its ‘Vista Project’ generation of ships by revealing the name of the vessel at its steel cutting ceremony in France.