If you've already done a warm winter cruise, you'll surely be yearning for another. If you've yet to do one, you really must try this unique experience! Read about all the destinations we can take you to on a winter cruise.
Cuba and the Caribbean sea
In winter 2018
the seas of the Caribbean will witness the arrival of the ultra-modern MSC Seaside
that will join our already fabulous tropical line up of MSC Divina, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Fantasia
All ships will take you sailing to some the most stunning locations in the tropics.
From the skyline of Miami
to the Maya ruins down in Mexico
, all of the Caribbean is there for you to choose.
The island of St. Maarten
will welcome you in a town full of Dutch and French influences with a 17th-century atmosphere and it’s just a short trip away from tranquil beaches along secluded lagoons.
Don’t miss out on the Spanish colonial relics of Puerto Rico
where you could also walk along the cafe lined Paseo de la Princesa, a busy cobblestoned promenade.
For nature lovers, the Bahamas
islands offer the largest open-air aquarium in the world while Nassau’s
city centre will charm you with an array of traditional buildings.
The eight rivers of Ochos Rios
are some of the most marvelous dream locations in Jamaica
, where we strongly suggest you visit the Cobaya Gardens and Museum, as well as the spectacular Dunn River Waterfalls.
You probably know that George Town
is the capital of the Cayman Islands
. But we have some excursions that will make you appreciate its contrasting traditional and modern souls, with colourful wooden houses that alternate with newer buildings, while artisan workshops mix in with big businesses. Nature lovers will also love the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park with its rare animals.
Everyone associates Cuba with Hemingway and Che Guevara, but not all know which are the best white beaches, or which are the best places in Havana to listen to music or get immersed in kitchen spices, hand rolled cigars and good rum.
And don’t forget Mexico
, overlooking the Caribbean with two of its most appreciated locations, Cozumel
and Costa Maya
. Surrounded by dense forests, wild animals and lush vegetation they give you access to windswept beaches and stunning Mayan ruins.
If this isn’t enough, there are always those islands we have all heard about and are just waiting for you to discover them. Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and many more.
Discover all the itineraries here
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas
Discover the secrets of the Persian Gulf in December 2017 aboard the amazing MSC Splendida
. See a world where deserts plunge into the sea while tradition is framed by daring and futuristic architecture. It’s a place where opulence is never out of place and is found side by side with echoes of the long and rich Arab history.
MSC Splendida will set off from Dubai
, where old souks are found in the shadow of some of the tallest buildings in the world. Luxury hotels and shopping malls await you, and you could visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa
, which you can see from just about everywhere.
It’s them on to Abu Dhabi
, the United Arab Emirates capital, where you can visit the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque
, or have endless fun with all the attractions of Yas Island
, home to the vast Ferrari World theme park.
The cruise will then stop over at Sir Bani Yas
, a modern day garden of Eden. A man made oasis where you can relax while enjoying cocktails, ice-cold beers and soft drinks from the island’s six bars. Water sports and parties are available to all who feel like burning a little adrenaline.
Next stop, the kingdom of Bahrain
. Just 40km long, this island is packed with thousands of years of history. The National Museum
is an excellent starting point for your visit, giving you an opportunity to learn about the history and customs of this territory. If you prefer a mystical experience, we suggest the impressive Al Fateh Mosque
, in Qatar
, is preparing for the 2022 Word Cup, and it’s already impressive skyline is constantly developing in preparation of the games with super modern architecture. On the other hand, in the historical centre of Doha
you will find a souk
where everything, from camels to gold, can be bought or exchanged.
The capital of the Sultanate of Oman
, is one of the oldest cities of the Middle East. The historic centre of trade and activity of the capital Muttrah,
is one of the most intriguing and well preserved parts of the town centre. Nearby, in the quarter of Bawshar
, you find the Great Mosque
of Sultan Qabus. About 6500 devotees gather to pray in the main prayer hall which has a single, huge carpet of about 4200 sq.m
Two MSC Cruises ships, MSC Meraviglia,
with seven-night cruises and MSC Orchestra
, with 11-night cruises, will be hitting the waters of the Mediterranean next winter, taking you to temperate destinations full of history, culture, shopping and culinary traditions.
With stopovers in Africa and the Atlantic, you will have the opportunity of visiting Italy
, Greece Morocco
. Some of the most iconic port towns of the Med await you.
In Italy the ships will stop in Portofino
, home to the the jet-set of the world, then Civitavecchia
, just a stone’s throw away from the beauties of the eternal city of Rome. After that, it’s Palermo
, with all the warmth of the south, along with Messina.
France gives us Marseille
, with all the charm of Provence and its old port town.
Spain offers a fun filled Barcelona
, as well as Valencia
and Palma de Majorca
with its Moorish architecture and a seafront Cathedral that just can’t be missed.
And then it’s out onto the Atlantic Ocean where there is Casablanca
, dressed in its Mauresque and Art Deco architecture, and the Islands of Tenerife
with their natural parks, botanic gardens, impressive churches, and the tallest mountain in Spain.
Why not spend some time during next winter between a playful Samba and a sensual Tango. Our Ships MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica
and MSC Poesia
will migrate to the coasts of South America to spend the winter… in summer.
You will have the chance of basking in the sun while enjoying two of the most iconic nations in the world.
With its Portuguese influences, Brazil
will be home to our ships in Rio de Janeiro
, Cabo Frio
and Ilha Grande
. You will admire a coastline like nowhere else in the world, with towering mountains in Rio to the infinite beach in Copacabana. Music, joy, good food and amazing sunsets are also not to be missed.
Further south, in Argentina
, you will visit Buenos Aires
with its Art Deco buildings and colourful wooden houses.
We can take you where you want next winter, in total comfort and relaxation on board any of our many ships, allowing you to discover cultures, see wonders and come back with unforgettable memories. But what we can’t do for you is choose where to go.
Start planning your holidays and book your winter cruise today