With some adjustments due to the pandemic situation, the program of the winter itinerary of Msc Bellissima departing from Jeddah has finally been defined in detail, in Saudi Arabia, from 6 November. The cruise therefore includes seven nights on board with a stop in the Saudi ports of King Abdullah Economic City (Kaec) e Yanbu, and then continue towards Aqaba in Jordan before returning to Jeddah. For guests who have already booked and for those who will do so in the coming weeks, here are the news:
• The stop at the port of Safaga in Egypt has been canceled, since for many countries of origin of our guests, the destination is among those considered high risk due to the pandemic and on return they would be obliged to undergo quarantine.
• Bellissima will also make an overnight stay in Yanbu, so that guests can visit AlUla, among the oldest cities of the Arabian peninsula that it hosts Hegra, Unesco world heritage site. For those looking for sun, sand and sea, there will also be the opportunity to visit a spectacular island, snorkel the coral reef and experience a true Saudi Arabian desert experience.
• A visit to the Kaec (King Abdullah Economic City) was added to the itinerary to give guests the opportunity to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the holy city of Medina, known as the Enlightened City, due to its crucial role in the life of the Prophet Mohammed. From Kaec guests can also choose to spend a full day on a beautiful pristine beach to enjoy the winter sun and warm turquoise waters.
MSC guests will be able to book a seamless vacation experience with a package fly&cruise from a wide range of major international airports to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The packages are made in collaboration with Saudia: the national airline of Saudi Arabia.
Seven-night cruises depart from the port of Jeddah at 11pm every Saturday evening and Saudia has adapted their flight schedule by offering departures on Friday evenings from Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris and Madrid and you arrive on Saturday morning in the Saudi city to give you the chance to enjoy the city or the transfer from the airport to the sea port. The airline has also changed the flight schedule to make it easier for guests from the US, the UK, Switzerland and Austria to arrive on the ship. A similar range of conveniently scheduled return flights are available for return home on Saturday mornings.