MSC EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN NAMED “PERSONALITY OF YEAR”

October 1, 2013
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            

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MSC CRUISES’ NEW ON BOARD TOUR

May 26, 2013

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When sailing on a cruise ship, enjoying all the services they have to offer, have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to make everything magically just happen.

MSC Cruises can now satisfy that curiosity for travellers on board its Fantasia and Musica class ships, with their newly created “Big Reveal: Come and See How We Do It” tour, perfect for those passengers who want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

DSCN9059This new tour allows passengers a sneak peek into the inner workings of their ships, allowing access to off limit areas such as the backstage area of the theatre, laundry, galley, food storage area, and the MSC Yacht Club on Fantasia class ships.  The tour closes with a culinary demonstration followed by a tasty treat from the gourmet kitchens.

The tour takes place on cruises of seven days or more, generally in the morning of a full day at sea and entertains participants for two and a half hours, sharing MSC’s passion for the seas and some of the secrets behind its unique Mediterranean way of life.

Travellers will be entertained with fun facts such as, for a seven night cruise, MSC Preziosa used:  29,827 kilo of fresh fruit, 3,770 litres of vegetable oil, 8,735 kilos of flour, 8,600 kilos of pasta,13,900 kg fish was cooked,12,879 kg of fresh vegetables and 2,285 kg of sugar.

MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil and operates across the globe.  Sailing throughout the year in the Mediterranean, they also offer a wide range of seasonal itineraries in southern Africa, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the French Antilles, South America, the Red Sea, and the United Arab Emirates.

Their modern fleet comprises twelve ships: Fantasia-class MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia; Musica-class MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica; Lirica-class MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.

DSCN9023MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the “7 Golden Pearls” award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility.  MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board.

MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, a long term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. To date, MSC Cruises has raised over two million euros for the initiative.

Sandra Tiltman.