MSC Cruises revealed today that it will deploy its MSC Splendida to China as of May 2018. In connection with this, following in the footsteps of the announcement of the opening of the new MSC Cruises own office in Shanghai and a new management and operations team based there, the company is taking another key step to further improve its ability to serve the Chinese home market.
MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of up to four LNG-powered ships. The four ships, the first of which will be delivered in 2022, will be over 200,000 GRT and will be known as the “World Class”. The announcement was made at the Élysée Palace in the presence of French president François Hollande, as well as MSC Group founder, Gianluigi Aponte, and STX France chief executive Laurent Castaing.
MSC Cruises has said it will introduce an exclusive Wellness Experience, developed in partnership with Technogym. The new offering brings together the company’s ability to create unique cruise experiences with Technogym’s end-to-end wellness expertise to devise a bespoke experience that enables guests to combine discovery and culture with their personal wellness goals to reinvigorate the body and soul, now through an experience exclusively available whilst on board an MSC Cruises ship.
MSC Cruises has confirmed existing STX France options to build a further two ships in the Meraviglia class. The two Meraviglia-Plus next-generation ships, as the new class of vessels is called, will feature increased tonnage and overall size, with a total of 2,444 cabins and a maximum capacity of 8,000 people, both passengers and crew.
MSC Cruises, the Geneva-based global cruise line, has unveiled ambitious plans to create an unprecedented exclusive marine reserve island experience in the Bahamas. The visionary project was officially launched in the Bahamian capital Nassau, where prime minister Perry Christie and MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago signed a 100-year lease agreement that will enable MSC Cruises to occupy and develop the island, to be called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC Cruises has taken part in the inauguration of the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, officially marking the beginning of the winter 2015/16 season with MSC Musica homeporting there for the duration of the season. MSC Musica will take guests from Dubai or Abu Dhabi on a series of seven-night cruises in a one of the most fascinating and diverse regions in the world.
As part of ongoing enhancements to their Executive Partner Membership Program, Cruise Lines International Association is launching the Summit At Sea, a unique new networking and educational opportunity. The event, which will be hosted on-board MSC’s Preziosa, January 8th-11th, 2016, is exclusively offered to CLIA’s Executive Partner and Cruise Line Members.
MSC Cruises is to strengthen its presence in Cuba by home-porting a second ship in Havana from the winter 2016-17 season. In a move that will quickly double the number of MSC Cruises Caribbean itineraries centred on Cuba, MSC Armonia will join MSC Opera in Havana, from November 2016, for the entire winter season.
MSC Cruises has completed its Renaissance Programme, delivering four renewed ships that will spearhead the company’s push into new markets and further strengthen its position in those where it is the leader. MSC Cruises chief executive Gianni Onorato told a press conference aboard MSC Lirica – the final ship to complete the Renaissance transformation – that the project reinforced the elements that so distinguish the MSC Cruises experience.
MSC Cruises and Barrhead Travel are giving Scottish guests the opportunity to fly straight to the Mediterranean sunshine in 2016, thanks to new regional departures from Glasgow. Scottish travel agency giant Barrhead Travel will operate its first dedicated Glasgow – Genoa service right through the summer next year, with flights perfectly timed for cruisers joining MSC Fantasia on its seven-night Western Med sailings from the Italian city.
Caissa Touristic Group, China’s leading outbound tourism service provider, and Geneva, Switzerland-based MSC Cruises have entered into a strategic partnership. As part of the agreement, from May 2016, MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese home market. The strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies will be the longest-running and financially most significant between a cruise line and a tour operator in the history of cruising in China.