In a first for MSC, the cruise line has announced a “grand voyage” will bring megaliner MSC Orchestra into Australian waters.

The Orchestra will be sailing on a 33-night Grand Voyage from Dubai to Australia, calling at Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle. The voyage – between February 21 and March 26, 2015 – will visit 13 ports in eight different countries.

“I am thrilled to be bringing MSC Orchestra to Australian waters,” said Lynne Clarke, Managing Director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand. “I will be equally excited for our loyal passengers; to have the chance to see the cruise ship in their home waters.”

MSC Orchestra will call in on the Indian ports of Mumbai and Cochin before cruising for the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. She will then visit Thailand’s popular holiday isle of Phuket followed by Malaysia’s Langkawi and Singapore for an overnight stay.

Benoa, on the Indonesian island of Bali, will be the ship’s final stop in Asia before she heads to Cairns to begin a partial circumnavigation of the Australian coast.

“MSC Orchestra will have an extended stay in Sydney allowing the passengers ample time to tour, shop and even see the Blue Mountains on an excursion,” said Ms Clarke.

Australian prices (per person, twin share, including port charges) begin at $3,299 (inside cabin), $3,899 (ocean view cabin), $4,599 (balcony cabin) and $5,499 (suites).