MSC Cruises is to run sailings from the UK in winter for the first time with a series of northern Europe itineraries.
The line is to deploy MSC Magnifica on the seven night cruises starting on November 14.
Sales open on Wednesday (October 6) for the cruises to Hamburg, Amsterdam from Ijmuiden, Zeebrugge for Bruges and Brussels and Le Harve for Paris.
Extended stays in port of up to 12 hours are planned.
The new deployment following the cruise industry’s strong return this summer with UK coastal cruises.
UK and Ireland managing director Antonio Paradiso said: “Following on from a full summer season with one of our newest ships, MSC Virtuosa, sailing in the UK, we are pleased to be able to bring another first to our British guests with a winter itinerary in Northern Europe.
“MSC Magnifica, a popular ship with our guests, will offer weekly embarkation in Southampton from the brand-new Horizon Terminal at ABP Southampton that opened this summer.
“This gives holidaymakers direct and convenient access to some of Europe’s best cities for a great winter cruise.”