MSC Cruises will be deploying the MSC Virtuosa to the United Kingdom this summer.
The ship will make its maiden voyage on May 20 with guests on board from Southampton as the first of a series of 3-night and 4-night mini-cruises before it begins 7-night cruises from June 12 with three embarkation ports in England and Scotland.
All voyages will be for British residents only and for guests of all ages who are either waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine or who have already been vaccinated.
All guests will be tested before they embark the ship and non-vaccinated guests will also be required to show proof of a negative test conducted up to 72 hours prior to embarkation.
Other pre-boarding and onboard measures will also apply to both guests and crew, in line with MSC Cruises’ industry-leading health and safety protocol.
The range of four-night mini-cruises will offer a late sail from Southampton and will provide the ultimate short getaway for couples or friends in search of a quick escape.
The ship will call at the Isle of Portland in Dorset, part of the Jurassic Coast, where guests will be able to go ashore to enjoy the perfect day out at the beach.
The itinerary will also include two days at sea so that guests can enjoy the \ facilities that MSC Virtuosa has to offer.
From June 12, holidaymakers can join seven-night sailings that will include stops in Portland and the cultural city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and offer multiple ports of embarkation including Liverpool and Greenock, close to Glasgow in Scotland.
MSC Cruises resumed its operation in August 2020 following approvals from regulatory bodies throughout Europe for a health and safety protocol designed to protect the wellbeing of MSC Cruises’ guests, crew and communities its ships visited.
More than 55,000 guests have to date enjoyed safe and responsible cruise holidays including the Company’s pioneering protected shore excursions.