The two lines are starting cruises from Saudi Arabia, which is set to become a top tourist destination
MSC Cruises and the Scenic Group are both adding Red Sea sailings to their programmes this summer.
The Scenic Group is set to bring Scenic Eclipse to the Red Sea for the first time this month.
The line’s first purpose-built ocean cruise ship – equipped with an onboard submarine and two helicopters – will sail Saudi waters from July 17 to December 9.
Glen Moroney, founder and chairman of the Scenic Group, said: “Saudi Arabia will be one of the hottest tourist destinations in coming years and we’re very glad our guests will get to experience it in six-star comfort on Scenic Eclipse.”
The luxury liner will homeport in Jeddah and will offer tailor-made itineraries, as well as pre-planned itineraries.
Highlights include popular diving spot Yanbu, which features the Iona wreck, a British merchant steamer sunk in 1915 which can be explored by diving, snorkelling or submarine.
MSC Cruises’ vessel MSC Bellissima has added 21 voyages from Jeddah to its Red Sea programme between late July and November.
The ship will offer three- and four-night cruises to Safaga, Egypt, or Aqaba, Jordan.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman, said: “As the tourism industry of Saudi Arabia grows progressively for its own residents and international visitors, we at MSC Cruises are looking forward to making a positive and lasting contribution as more people explore and discover the rich heritage and incredible cultural attractions it has to offer.
“In the Red Sea we are committed to serve holidaymakers with the very best cruise experiences. This, we believe, will accelerate the attractiveness of holidays at sea in the region and significantly help in the growth of tourism.”
Voyages announced on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth
Cunard has announced over 40 new voyages across its fleet in 2021 and 2022.
The Overseas Escapes will range from two to 40-night sailings, visiting more than 49 destinations on board flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Mary 2 will resume transatlantic crossings in November, 2021 before sailing new short breaks in Western Europe followed by three winter sailings to the Caribbean.
Queen Victoria will mark its return to sailing in April, 2022 with three new round-trip itineraries from Southampton, visiting 11 countries, treating guests to time ashore in destinations such as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn and Gdynia, together with overnight calls in Amsterdam, Lisbon and St Petersburg.
Following its summer exploring Britain’s coastline, Queen Elizabeth will depart on a series of new sailings from Southampton to Western Europe followed by the Iberian Coast and the Atlantic Islands.
Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “We are delighted to announce these new voyages which will mark the full fleet’s return to sailing. Our guests have patiently waited to sail on their favourite Cunard Queen and our 2021 and 2022 itineraries offer a variety of exciting holidays to suit all combined with the impeccable White Star Service on board that makes a Cunard voyage so memorable.
“And for an additional reason to book, guests can take advantage of complimentary upgrade to a Balcony stateroom when they book an Inside or Outside stateroom on selected voyages.”
The line was recently forced to delay its UK restart date following an outbreak of Covid-19 among a “small number” of its crew.
Queen Elizabeth was due to depart Southampton on July 19 to sail to Cornwall.