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MSC Virtuosa shines a real light of hope.

14th May 2021 - 12:00pm

MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton

MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton


The arrival this week of the eagerly awaited MSC Virtuosa in Southampton marked the brightest day of hope we have seen in our industry since this storm began. MSC Virtuosa docked in Southampton which will be her new home for the summer, the first ship to commence cruise holidays from the UK. Whilst we might all be a little jealous, team MSC Ireland are so excited for their UK colleagues and guests as this week marks an historic event in the MSC Cruises family.


With all of MSC Cruises’ trademark glamour and European style, MSC Virtuosa is set to bring guests an unbeatable summer holiday, with everything in one place.


Southampton today is an exciting moment, as we prepare to welcome UK guests back on board from 20 May for her inaugural season around the British Isles. We are proud to be the first cruise line to set sail from UK waters this summer and offer holidaymakers the chance to experience all of the new and incredible features on board our latest and most innovative ship”.


MSC Virtuosa is one of MSC Cruises’ most innovative and environmentally advanced ships. The 19-deck ship will offer its British guests of all ages the very best of fine dining restaurants, world-class entertainment, relaxing bars and lounges, boutique shopping, spa and fitness centres, an aquapark and clubs for toddlers to teenagers. The ship’s show stopping feature is its iconic 112-metre promenade with a stunning LED sky dome, the social heart and hub of the ship.


The brand-new MSC Starship Club will launch on MSC Virtuosa. The world’s first futuristic, immersive experience at sea, MSC Starship Club will feature humanoid robotic bartender, Rob, shaking up a galactic choice of cocktails for guests.


MSC Virtuosa’s homeport for the summer will be ABP Southampton, with whom MSC Cruises recently announced a long-term partnership. The ship will initially set sail from City Cruise Terminal, before moving to embark guests from the newly-named Horizon terminal once it has opened.


MSC Virtuosa will become the third MSC Cruises ship back at sea when she departs for her maiden voyage on 20 May, joining two ships already operating in the Mediterranean: MSC Seaside welcomed guests back on board last week, and MSC Grandiosa has been sailing in the Mediterranean since August 2020. All ships operate under the same industry-leading health and safety protocol, including universal testing upon embarkation, which has been developed with a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts.

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MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton
MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton

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