MSC Cruises’ new Arabian Gulf itinerary, set to launch this autumn, will now feature Ras al-Khaimah in place of Bahrain. Given the volatility of the current situation in the island Kingdom, this change will continue throughout the 2011/2012 season.

The Emirate Ras al-Khaimah is both a captivating and a relaxing tourist hub, with its sparkling blue seas, clean white beaches, dramatic desert dunes and the majestic Hajjar Mountains. It boasts numerous fascinating tourist landmarks together with beautiful wildlife conservations and sanctuaries.

The elegant MSC Lirica will be based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for her busy 2011-2012 winter season. Her itinerary includes nineteen 8 day-7 night cruises from Abu Dhabi, with departures every Sunday from 30th October through to 4th March 2012, and from Dubai, with departures every Friday from 28th October to 9th March 2012.

Aside from Ras al-Khaimah, MSC Lirica will also call at the port of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman and Al Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

MSC Cruises always puts the safety and security of its guests before all considerations. Having also closely monitored the situations in Egypt and Tunisia, it has decided to extend the cancellation of all calls at Alexandria and Tunis (La Goulette) until the end of the 2011/2012 winter season. They will be replaced by other, equally exciting ports.