(3 p.m. BST) -- MSC Cruises has opened sales for MSC Grandiosa -- the line's first Meraviglia-Plus class ship -- exclusively for its Voyagers Club members until 21 October, before going on general sale on 22 October.
Voyagers Club members booking by 21 October will receive a special five percent discount in addition to their five percent loyalty discount.
The 6,300-passenger ship debuts in Hamburg on 10 November 2019, with its maiden voyage available as a 10-night sailing to Genoa or a 13-night sailing to Marseille. The itinerary includes overnight stays in each port of call, including: Southampton, Lisbon, Barcelona and Genoa.
The ship will then begin a series of seven-night Western Mediterranean sailings, with calls in Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille, from 23 November 2019.
MSC Grandiosa -- currently being built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France -- will be followed by MSC Virtuosa as the line's second-in-class Meraviglia Plus ship, which is slated for delivery in 2020.
--by Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.