MSC Cruises reveals itineraries for Middle East winter 2023-24 sailings

MSC Cruises reveals itineraries for Middle East winter 2023-24 sailings

The company will call at additional ports across two regional itineraries

MSC Cruises will introduce new ports of call for two of its three itineraries in the Middle East during the winter 2023-24 season.

MSC Virtuosa will sail 17 new seven-night voyages in the Arabian Gulf from Dubai in the UAE to Doha in Qatar, the new port call of Manama in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, both UAE and back to Dubai.  

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International guests have a choice of three embarkation ports: Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi. 

MSC Virtuosa will also serve as a cruise ship hotel for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix between 24 and 26 November.

MSC Opera returns to the region with 22 seven-night sailings in 2023-24 from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, either Khasab in Oman or Fujairah in the UAE, the Omani capital Muscat and back to Dubai.


MSC Orchestra will operate a new itinerary during the winter 2023-24 season from Safaga in Egypt with 20 seven-night sailings to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Aqaba for Petra in Jordan, a new port of call at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Sokhna Port for Cairo in Egypt and back to Safaga for Luxor. International guests can embark at Safaga, Jeddah, Sharm el-Sheikh and Sokhna Port.

Achille Staiano, vice-president of global sales at MSC Cruises, said: “Winter cruises in the Middle East are growing in popularity with our guests from all over the world. The region is a particularly important aspect of our growing business, which is reflected in the uplift of 80,000 return air seats in 2023-24 to fly into a range of embarkation ports for our three ships.“

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