Amadeus signs up with MSC Cruises

Amadeus has announced an agreement with MSC
Cruises, the largest independent Italian cruise line, to distribute its product via
the Amadeus system. MSC Cruises has offices in the major Italian cities of Naples,
Milan, Venice, Genoa, Rome, Palermo, Bari plus a further 26 MSC Cruises offices
worldwide.

The cruise line will become available to North American, UK and Spanish travel
agents from July 2006. Travel agents in France and Scandinavia will be able to book
MSC Cruises through Amadeus from the third quarter 2006.

Domenico Pellegrino, Managing Director, MSC Cruises stated,“Our philosophy at MSC
Cruises has always been to link our deep heritage at sea with innovation. So we are
pleased to partner in Europe and North America with a renowned leader in the global
travel technology arena. This agreement will allow us to increase our global
presence and reach within the international travel agency community.”

MSC Cruises’ decision to distribute though Amadeus’ world-leading distribution
system is part of an aggressive growth strategy which has seen its fleet expand from
3 ships in 2002 to eight ships today after the arrival of the newest flagship MSC
MUSICA from July 1st. MSC Cruises has ordered four more ships; MSC ORCHESTRA and MSC
POESIA, the twin sisters of MSC MUSICA will arrive in spring 2007 and spring 2008,
and recently a new order has been announced for the construction of 134.000 tons MSC
FANTASIA and MSC SERENATA . This new order will increase the fleet to a total of 12
ships.

“We are delighted to add this prestigious cruise line to the market-leading range of
16 cruise lines available in Amadeus. We will help MSC Cruises increase their sales
and revenues in Europe and North America by providing access to live availability
and pricing, and optimizing the way to reach travel agents,” said Albert Pozo,
Managing Director, Travel Services and Leisure, Amadeus.  “Amadeus’ leadership and
continued technology investment will bring significant efficiencies in time and
productivity to MSC Cruises.” 
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