There is no doubt as to what is the worst part of any cruise: embarking and disembarking.
The queues; the interminable waiting around, are in stark contrast to the joys of being afloat.
Imagine, then, if you could combine two, three or four cruise itineraries into one voyage.
The new MSC Grand Tours package enables guests to combine cruise itineraries in either the Mediterranean or Northern Europe - with a number of innovations that make the process almost seamless.
MSC Cruises will arrange free transfers between ships as well as delivering all luggage between ships for a seamless, stress-free changeover.
And passengers booked on a grand tour including more than one ship will enjoy priority check-in from the second cruise onwards.
Every MSC grand tour package also includes discounted on-board laundry services and free shore excursions in selected ports.
I did an MSC cruise of the Mediterranean in 2013, loving the new MSC Preziosa and becoming a cruise convert. Adding a second or third cruise during one trip to Europe has great appeal.
With seven tours to choose from, MSC Grand Mediterranean Tours, combining ports in the east and west Mediterranean, offer a choice between 14, 21 or 28 nights and start from only $1880 per person, twin share.
MSC Cruises has also released its first MSC Grand Northern Europe Tour as a 14-night voyage through Northern Europe, covering the cities of Kiel, Bergen, Hellesylt/Geiranger, Flaam, Stavanger, Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Helsinki, starting from only $1990 per person, twin share.
MSC bills itself as the market leader in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean. Its seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, as well as the Emirates and Oman.
MSC Cruises was born in the Mediterranean and its fleet comprises 12 modern ships: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.
For more information visit www.msccruises.com.au or call 1300 028 502.