The ancient seaport of Istanbul will play a key role in MSC Cruises’ East Mediterranean program for the 138,000-tonne MSC Divina, to be launched in Marseille in late May this year.
Turkey’s largest city will be an embarkation and disembarkation port for the new ship on a series of seven-night round-trips from June 2 until October 27 this year, prices starting at $939 per person, twin share.
“This is an exciting move not only for us as a cruise line but for passengers wanting to explore more of Turkey – before and after a cruise,” said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.
“Passengers will be able to marvel over the UNESCO World Heritage sites, to see buildings that reflected the various peoples and empires that have ruled over the centuries, before or after taking their week-long cruise,” she said.
“To combine such a program with a new ship like MSC Divina augers well for a maiden season in the East Mediterranean with calls also made on such ports as Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Izmir, also in Turkey, and Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast.”MSC Divina, which will be named in a gala presentation by the cruise line’s godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren, on May 26, will also use the more traditional East Mediterranean port of Venice as an embarkation and disembarkation point on these seven-night round cruises.
Source = MSC Cruises