MSC unveils maiden Red Sea itineraries

For the first time, MSC Cruises is introducing new Red Sea itineraries for 2012-2013. On Nov. 2, MSC Armonia will depart Venice on an eight-night cruise to its new homeport of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with stops in Ancona, Italy; Heraklion, Greece; and Marmaris, Turkey as well as a transit of the Suez Canal. Armonia will then begin a series of weekly roundtrip seven-night cruises from Nov. 10 through April 6, 2013, each stopping at Safaga, Egypt; Elat, Israel, Aqaba, Jordan; and Sokhna Port, Egypt. On April 6, 2013, Armonia departs on a nine-night return to Venice, with stops in Sokna Port, Egypt; Limassol, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; Rhodes and Heraklion, Greece; and Kotor, Montenegro. (