MSC Cruises recently announced a change to its Winter 2022/23 program with the deployment of MSC Virtuosa in Northern Europe. MSC Virtuosa will MSC Preziosa replaced by the “Pearls of the North” cruises, a new winter route introduced in 2021. The seven-night cruises call at Hamburg in Germany; Zeebrugge for Bruges and Brussels in Belgium; Le Havre for Paris in France and Southampton for London in the United Kingdom.

In January, the ship offers another epic 18-night voyage from Rotterdam for sunbathers with calls to Casablanca/Marrakesh in Morocco, and three of the popular Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The ship departs from Rotterdam on January 11 and arrives in Hamburg on January 29, where guests can disembark.

MSC Virtuosa, the fourth Meraviglia-class ship and the second Meraviglia-plus ship, offers even more public space and cabins than previous generations and features some of the most advanced environmental technologies available today. The vessel has also been awarded 11 Golden Pearls by Bureau Veritas for its range of innovative aspects, including environmental protection and health and safety.

“I am very pleased! A cruise departure from Rotterdam is truly wonderful, and with the MSC Virtuosa we are also bringing one of the most impressive MSC showpieces to the Netherlands. A week per cruise on a city trip, sailing at sea, while enjoying a maximum range of facilities, entertainment and culinary discoveries: ideal for a week in between this winter. Just the two of you or for the whole family.”

Frank Van Den Steen, Country Manager Benelux.

With 10 restaurants, 21 bars and lounges, and 5 swimming pools, this innovative 19-deck vessel is ready to welcome guests with the best in international cuisine, world-class entertainment, relaxing bars and lounges, one of the largest shopping areas at sea, a spa and fitness center, an aqua park, and Kids Clubs for toddlers and teens. The showpiece of the ship is the iconic 112-meter promenade with a beautiful illuminated dome, which forms the social heart of the ship.

One of the highlights is the brand new MSC Starship Club, available exclusively on the MSC Virtuosa, which features the world's first humanoid robotic bartender named Rob. Guests from the Netherlands will be able to enjoy this exceptional ship en route by embarking close to home in Rotterdam. This means that guests can travel to the departure port in complete comfort and ease. Moreover, the Cruise Terminal of Rotterdam is easily accessible by car, according to the cruise line.

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