Tunis and Istanbul rejoin MSC itineraries for 2021 summer season
September 27, 2019

MSC Cruises has unveiled some of 2021 summer season itineraries in the Mediterranean Sea and two of them shows very interesting news about two former port of call, La Goulette (Tunis) and Istanbul, as well as the reconfirmation of a new one, Trieste.

Istanbul, Turkey, is not part of MSC itineraries since 2016 for security reasons subsequent the attempted coup in the country. Starting from 2021 the port will be part of MSC Fantasia brand new itinerary in the eastern Mediterranean. The ship will offer 10-days cruises during all the summer season from the home-port of Trieste, Italy and calling in Katakolon, Athens and Corfù (Greece), Kuşadası and Istanbul (Turkey) and Bari (Italy).

Trieste will be introduced for the first time as an MSC home-port in the coming year hosting MSC Lirica weekly-cruises to Malta and Sicilian city of Siracusa, another new entry. MSC Fantasia in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is a nice return too. After Venice gross tonnage restriction launched in 2014, Fantasia-Class cruise ships were not allowed to enter Saint Mark basin. For instance MSC decided to use only Musica and Lirica classes ships in the area.

La Goulette, Tunis’ harbour, has not seen an MSC cruise ship in five years, since the terrible act of terrorism took place in Bardo Museum. But this situation is going to change in the next future. During 2021 late summer season, MSC Poesia will offer a number of weekly-cruises calling in Tunis. Others port of call after leaving home-port of Genoa will be Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Palermo and Civitavecchia (Italy).

Cover photo: André Velho Cabral

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