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MSC Cruises Adds MSC Splendida To China Market in May 2018
MSC Cruises is expanding its cruise ship market in Asia by adding another ship in China. The MSC Splendida will deploy to China in May 2018 after the ship undergoes a significant dry-dock enhancement. The Splendida, which entered service in 2009, will become one of the largest and most modern cruise ships in the Chinese market, according to the Swiss-based cruise line. MSC Splendida is also the sister ship to MSC Fantasia and can accommodate more than 4,360 passengers.
Is the MSC Splendida Set for a China Season in 2018?
Another cruise ship may be set for its debut in China as the MSC SPLENDIDA could make its way to become the second MSC ship in the Chinese market in 2018, helping to offset newbuild capacity growth in the Mediterranean. The 3,900-passenger ship would add more significant capacity to the Chinese market, sailing alongside the 1,560-LIRICA, which has been in Shanghai since April 2016. The SPLENDIDA is currently deployed through March 2018, when it will finish a winter season out of Dubai and then is scheduled to head east, according to port bookings in the region – which show the megaship in Asia for the summer.The 137,969-ton ship could arrive in China as early as April 27, 2018, according to Cruise Industry News estimates. Currently, MSC has a two-year agreement with CAISSA Touristic Group, a major tour operator in China, with the MSC LIRICA. CAISSA essentially charters the ship, overseeing stateroom sales and marketing. The agreement expires in 2018. Source: cruiseindustrynews
MSC Splendida Becomes Largest Cruise Ship to Homeport in Hamburg
MSC Cruises celebrated the maiden call in Hamburg of MSC Splendida. An indication of MSC Cruises’ increasing investment in the German market, and in Hamburg in particular, MSC Splendida is the first “Fantasia” class ship – the line’s largest and newest class of ships – to be based at the northern German port for a season. MSC Splendida will homeport in Hamburg for the summer season, making 13 sailings around northern Europe, encompassing the British Isles, the Norwegian fjords and Iceland. MSC Splendida’s arrival in Hamburg was marked by a ceremonial crest exchange between the ship’s Captain, Giuseppe Maresca, and the Harbourmaster of Hamburg, Jörg Pollman, with MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, Hamburg Senator, Frank Horch, and a large international media contingent in attendance. SOURCE: MSC Cruises press releaseUpload News