MSC Cruises to make maiden journey to China

23 August 2015 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2015 18:30)

MSC Cruises has announced plans to make its first sailing to China, further expanding its grand voyage offering with back-to-back journeys across continents.

MSC Cruises has announced plans to make its first sailing to China, further expanding its grand voyage offering with back-to-back journeys across continents.

MSC Cruises’ newly-renovated MSC Lirica will make its maiden call in China after a 60-day, round-the-world Grand Voyage through Europe, departing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The vessel is expected to start its journey on 3 March 2016 and scheduled to reach Shanghai on 1 May 2016.

"This new Grand Voyage offering is proof of our steadfast commitment to offer our experienced guests and holiday-makers innovative and sought-after destinations."

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said: "We are delighted to once more be able to offer our guests a brand new itinerary, from Brazil to China via Europe, which offers the chance to visit some of the most appealing places on earth, certainly across a huge array of people and cultures."

"This new Grand Voyage offering is proof of our steadfast commitment to offer our experienced guests and holiday-makers innovative and sought-after destinations."

The cruise company will offer three different versions of the Grand Voyage, with Shanghai as the final destination. The cruise vessels will depart from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Genoa in Italy or Dubai in the UAE.

Onorato added: "As MSC Cruises continues to expand the destinations it calls, such as Cuba that we recently announced, we are further enhancing our global offering while providing travellers best-in-class experiences and service."

MSC Lirica features 132 suite cabins with private balcony and double bed with an option to convert it into two single beds.

In addition, it offers air conditioning, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, TV, telephone, wireless internet access and mini bar, among others.