MSC Cruises opens bookings for UK cruises on new ship with a robot bartender

MSC Cruises has opened bookings for its new UK cruise holidays this summer with sailings from £499pp including premium drinks, luxurious cabins, and heaps more.

In fact all of the sailings will be offered on brand new flagship MSC Virtuosa, which boasts some swanky staterooms, a large top deck pool, and even a sci-fi themed bar complete with a robot bartender.

Sailings are due to kick off from May 20 when Virtuosa will sail on her maiden season from Southampton on a series of three- and four-night itineraries, then on some longer seven-night cruise holidays between June and September.

Itineraries include embarkation ports in Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock as well as calls at Portland in Dorset and Belfast in Northern Ireland – and yes, there will be some onshore excursions on offer too.

The top deck pool on MSC Virtuosa
The top deck pool on MSC Virtuosa

Prices for four-night sailings start from £499pp and seven-night sailings from £849pp which includes a premium drinks package and gratuities.

You can find out more and book on msccruises.co.uk.

At the time of writing, MSC Cruises has said its sailings will be open to UK residents of all ages – both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

The ship's sci-fi themed bar Starship Club has a humanoid robotic bartender
The ship’s sci-fi themed bar Starship Club has a humanoid robotic bartender

Currently the Foreign Office continues to advise against cruise holidays, however it’s hoped that England’s lockdown roadmap could see domestic cruises resume from May 17.

Since the news, a number of cruise lines have unveiled new UK sailings for the summer, although some companies such as P&O Cruises, Saga and Princess Cruises have said that guests will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to be allowed to board their ships for the season.

Boris Johnson is expected to give an update on the situation for foreign holidays from England on April 5, and the government’s Global Travel Taskforce is due to share a report which will include four key factors as to whether holidays can resume.

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