Pierfrancesco Vago Holding Award

Pierfrancesco Vago Holding Award

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises was recently named Seatrade European Cruise Personality Of The Year at Seatrade Europe 2013 in Hamburg.

“As CEO of MSC Cruises Pierfrancesco Vago guided the business through a series of strategic moves which has seen the fleet grow three-fold through a €6 billion new build programme, with the most recent new vessel MSC Preziosa, launched earlier this year. His leadership of over 15,500 employees in 45 countries is dynamic, open-minded and characterised by a focus on team building” said Mary Bond, Editor, Seatrade Insider.

MSC sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean as well as seasonally in southern Africa, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the French Antilles, South America, the Canary Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

MSC offers cruising with an Italian flair with their twelve ship fleet of 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.

DSC00003MSC makes cruising the Mediterranean even easier and convenient with their choice of embarkation ports. Instead of having only one embarkation port as shown in the itinerary, MSC allows passengers to choose from specified ports where to begin their cruise, which will also end at the same port.

If two 7 night Mediterranean cruises are booked back to back, MSC even offers free transfers between Genoa and Venice.

Great news for seniors, they get a discount per cabin if two people aged over 65 are sharing a cabin together. Don’t forget, children under 18 sharing a cabin with two adults travel free, only paying the port charges.

From 16 March 2014, for cruises from Genoa or Venice around the Mediterranean for 7 nights or more, a limited number of cabins will be offered with zero single surcharge.

Sandra Tiltman            



  1. Carole and Jim Davies says:

    Hi Sandra and John

    Was just wondering if you were aware of the fiasco created by HAL completely changing the 2014 Noordam Mediterranean itineraries? We were booked to sail from Istanbul to Rome on May 7 and we were warned that the Egypt component may have to change due to obvious problems, but what we didn’t anticipate was our travel agent receiving a fairly basic email stating that our cruise had been cancelled and if we wanted to sail on another cruise we would be required to rebook, albeit with a small financial incentive.

    The first problem was that they had not released their replacement itineraries and when they finally did they had eliminated Istanbul altogether and we have no idea why.

    We are now sailing from Rome to Rome around the Adriatic Coast and taking in lots of Greek ports with Malta thrown in. It is 22 days and is a good substitute. Our travel agent is now re-booking/changing dates for three hotel stays, we have had to cancel a fully paid one way air-fare from Milan to Istanbul and will incur costs to change our Cathay Pacific fights.

    We have been told that HAL will review claims for out of pocket expenses on a case by case basis, which seems a little vague. They have guaranteed that we will pay the same price for the new cruise as the cancelled one and we will be given on board credit by way of compensation.

    We are aware that cruise ships regularly have to substitute ports but to completely cancel all Noordam cruises for the season seems extraordinary. My sister was also booked on the Noordam (along with two other relatives) doing the cruise in reverse in April. We have been able to cancel our hotel booking in Istanbul and can only feel sorry for all the businesses in Istanbul affected by having their city completely eliminated from the new schedules. We also feel for all the travel professionals affected, it has created a massive workload, as you can imagine.

    Hope you and John are enjoying your busy lives in Sydney and are keeping well.

    Bye for now, Carole and Jim

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