The company

MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s fourth largest cruise line and largest privately-owned cruise company, and market leader in the Mediterranean, South America and South Africa. Following several years of unprecedented growth, MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean, and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Cuba and French Antilles, South America, South Africa, the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman.

The company, which grew by 800% since 2004, carried 1.67 million guests in 2014 and reported strong financial results with a turnover of €1.5 billion. In addition, MSC Cruises is forecasting an additional 10% growth for 2015.   MSC Cruises is a Swiss-based European company with deep Mediterranean roots employing 15,000 staff around the world and present in 45 countries.

Respecting people and planet

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Respecting people and planet

MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which a company operates. Its commitment to safeguarding the marine ecosystem, as well as protecting the health and safety of its staff and the travellers on board its fleet, has earned numerous awards and certifications. In 2013, International certification body Bureau Veritas granted MSC Cruises the honour of being the first company to receive ‘7 Golden Pearls’ for environmental care for MSC’s Fantasia class ships. This unique award comprises Cleanship 2 Class notation for advanced air, water and waste treatment systems, as well as new ISO 50001 certification for the highest standards of Energy Performance, ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, ISO 22000 for food safety and OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety. With MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, and MSC Splendida, the company has also successfully met the strict standards required by Bureau Veritas’ voluntary Energy Efficient Design scheme. The quality and safety of all aspects of the company’s catering practices, both ashore and on board, were formally officially recognized through ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certifications.
Reflecting its commitment to protect the seas, MSC Cruises was one of the first cruise lines to voluntarily reduce emissions in ports to levels far below the legally required minimum. Embracing the philosophy of corporate social responsibility still further, MSC Cruises launched an important partnership with UNICEF in 2009. The Get On Board For Children project benefited disadvantaged children and adolescents in 126 vulnerable urban communities in Brazil by helping to ensure they receive a proper education. By the end of 2013, the partnership helped raise more than two million euros. The partnership was renewed early 2014, this time to support UNICEF’s efforts to tackle child famine and malnutrition in developing countries and in emergency situations.

The Fleet

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The Fleet

MSC Cruises’ state-of-the-art fleet is the result of a 6 billion euro investment programme started in 2003. Following the addition of Fantasia flagship MSC Preziosa in March 2013, the fleet comprises 12 ships, four of each different class. The four Fantasia class flagshipsMSC Preziosa (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009) and MSC Fantasia (2008) – are MSC Cruises’ largest vessels, each weighing approximately 140,000 tonnes and measuring 333m in length and 38m in width. MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia both accommodate 4,363 travellers each, while MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa each accommodate 4,345 travellers. Complementing them are the four vessels in the Musica ClassMSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) – each weighing 90,000 tonnes and carrying just under 3,000 travellers each. The fleet is completed by the Lirica ClassMSC Sinfonia (2005), MSC Armonia (2004), MSC Opera (2004) and MSC Lirica (2003) – each weighing 60,000 tonnes and carrying just under 2,000 travellers. The Lirica class ships will benefit from the almost 200 million euro ”renaissance programme” - commissioned from FINCANTIERI in Italy, one of the world’s leading shipbuilding companies –and will be complete by 2015. The “renaissance” of MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera will add exciting new entertainment options, technological advancements, extended shops and up to nearly 200 new cabins per ship.

The mediterranean way of life

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The mediterranean way of life

MSC Cruises was born in the Mediterranean and continues to draw inspiration from this heritage. The company’s distinctly Mediterranean way of life (#Medwayoflife) engenders a unique experience for holidaymakers worldwide. The region’s values of authenticity, humanity and warmth are at the heart of the MSC experience; from the unparalleled hospitality of MSC’s multilingual crew, to delicious dining shaped by the beliefs that good food is a way of life, and that eating is about quality, diversity, discovery and sharing. With innovations in both exterior and interior designs earning prestigious awards for naval architects De Jorio Design International, MSC Cruises continues to set new standards in cruising, in particular with the MSC Aurea Spa, a luxurious wellness and fitness centre, and the ground-breaking MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive ‘members only’ style section built into the Fantasia class ships, offering elegant suites, round-the-clock personal butler and many other privileges. With all this and more, travellers exploring the world with MSC Cruises soon come to share in the company’s philosophy that life should be measured in moments not minutes – and each of these moments should be savoured.