MSC Lirica to join MSC Musica in South Africa for 2021/2022 cruise season

Next season to offer over 62 cruises from one of two home ports

Guests will have different itineraries to choose from 

Johannesburg, South Africa – 30 November 2020


MSC Cruises – the number one cruise line in South Africa, Europe, South America and the Gulf – has announced that the Company will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2021/2022 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different class MSC Cruises’ ships (Lirica and Musica Class) will be deployed in the country simultaneously and will mean that 42,300 additional guests can discover why cruising is popular in South Africa.


From November 2021 to April 2022 MSC Lirica, which will be homeported in Cape Town, will join MSC Musica homeported in Durban.


MSC Cruises confirmed today full details of its summer 2021/2022 programme, offering over 14 different itineraries across South Africa with cruising ranging in length from 2 to 14 nights.


We have reviewed and updated our complete summer 2021/2022 season, starting in late November, and we are pleased to now confirm the full details,” explains Ross Volk, MD for MSC Cruises South Africa.Our summer programme sees us offering cruises in all of the destinations we traditionally operate, and while there are some exciting new updates to the original schedule, we are still able to offer our main itineraries so that guests can enjoy a safe and relaxing cruise holiday with us.


An exciting new Southern African itinerary for cruisers


MSC Lirica, which can host approximately 2,350 guests and was completely refurbished in 2015 as part of the Company’s Renaissance Programme, will offer 24 cruises next season alongside MSC Musica. MSC Musica can cater for approximately 3,200 guests and will offer 38 cruises. The ships will alternate routes, providing South African cruisers with a wider choice of options to suit their holiday needs. This means that both Cape Town and Durban ports of embarkation will get to experience the leading cruise line’s elegant and diverse product offering and enjoy more cruise destinations and packages than ever before.


One MSC cruise that has proven extremely popular with our guests is the 14-night New Year Cruise around Southern Africa, and our 2021/2022 cruise itinerary will be no different. The cruise will depart from Durban on 26 December and will incorporate destinations including Portuguese Island; Nosy Be, Madagascar; followed by Port Victoria, Seychelles; and then Port Louis in Mauritius, returning to Durban on 09 January.


Guests wishing to experience the delights of a briefer MSC Cruise holiday in the 2021/2022 season can book onto a myriad of departures that offer three-, four- and five-night sailings around the South African coastline until April 2022.


Highlights of these itineraries include Pomene Bay in Mozambique – a marine safari experience complete with its own beach club – Portuguese Island, and Maputo.

For further details visit the MSC Cruises website at www.msccruises.co.za