Coin laying ceremony for MSC World Europa | News

A maritime coin ceremony tradition took place earlier at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, as the keel was laid for MSC Cruises’ first liquified natural gas-powered ship, MSC World Europa. The 200,000-plus GT ship is scheduled to enter service in 2022, become the LNG-powered vessel to be built in France. Zoe Africa Vago, daughter of Alexa Aponte-Vago and her husband Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, and Aurore Bezard from Chantiers de I’Atlantique performed the traditional maritime ritual. The pair will serve as godmothers to the ship,…

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MSC Cruises pushes back return to end of July | News

As parts the travel world begin to reopen, MSC Cruises has confirmed it will further extend the fleet-wide halt of its cruise operation through to July 31st. Coupled to an announcement from P&O Cruises that it would delay its return until October, the news adds to fears the cruise sector may be among the last to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak. Gianni Onorato, chief executive, MSC Cruises said: “While today we have taken the difficult decision to further extend the halt of operations of all our ships, it is important…

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MSC Cruises delays return until end of May | News

MSC Cruises has further extended the halting of all its new cruise departures fleet-wide through to May 29th. The decision comes in light of the continued extraordinary circumstances the world is facing in connection with the Covid-19 virus global health emergency. The company previously announced the temporary halting of all its ships globally through to April 30th. MSC Cruises said it was working with all guests and their travel agents to address the impact of this necessary decision to their bookings on our ships up to the end of May.…

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Uniworld seeks compensation from MSC Cruises following River Countess crash | News

Uniworld has launched a suit against MSC Cruise Management. The river cruise line is seeking reimbursement for damages incurred following a June 2nd incident in which a Uniworld ship, River Countess, was hit by MSC Opera, a large ocean ship. The smaller ship was docked at the San Basilio Cruise Terminal in Venice, Italy, at the time of the incident. According to Uniworld chief executive, Ellen Bettridge, extensive conversations with MSC to compensate Uniworld for its losses have been unproductive.  “We are extremely disappointed with the unprofessional manner in which…

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve opens in Bahamas | News

MSC Cruises has welcomed the very first guests to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, its new private island destination in the Bahamas. As part of a multi-faceted restoration strategy, the company has transformed the island from what once was an industrial sand excavation site into a tropical destination. MSC Cruises has worked with environmental engineers and other experts to revitalise the surrounding ocean beds, marine life and endangered coral. The environmentally-sound development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is a unique feat and it took nearly three years to complete…

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