Following several years of unprecedented growth, MSC Cruises boasts the most modern cruise fleet in the world, with 12 ships currently in operation. The company currently carries over 1.4 million passengers per year. MSC Cruises is a leader in the Mediterranean cruise market, sailing in the region throughout the year,and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, South and West Africa, and the Red Sea.The company is entirely European-owned. It employs over 15,000 staff around the world and has offices in 45 countries.
MSC Cruises has the most modern fleet in the world with 12 ships: MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, MSC Divina (the largest ships built for a European ship owner). Another Fantasia-class ship, MSC Preziosa, will debut in March 2013. MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonallyin Northern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, South and West Africa, and the Red Sea.
THE MSC EXPERIENCE
MSC Cruises draws upon its rich Mediterranean heritage to offer travelers a truly international experience, which is reflected in the company's reputation for sophisticated design and outstanding hospitality. Innovations in both exterior and interior designs for the MSC Cruises fleet have earned prestigious awards for naval architects De Jorio Design International.
The gourmet dining experience on board combines Italian regional specialties with the best of Mediterranean and international cuisine. In the fields of service and comfort, MSC Cruises is continuing to set new standards in luxury cruising. Groundbreaking initiatives include the MSC Aurea Spa, a lavish Balinese wellness center, and the MSC Yacht Club aship-within-a-ship, offering guests luxurious suites complete with Butler service. This private haven features an opulent 24-hour Concierge lobby, lounge, pool and bar, dining room and complimentary wines and spirits.
MSC Cruises offers the most embarkation ports in the Mediterranean. Some of these Mediterranean destinations include: Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands; Heraklion, Crete; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Limassol, Cyprus; Port Said, Egypt; Marseille and Ajaccio, France; Katakolon, Piraeus, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece; Corfu, Greek Isles; Madeira; Malta; Casablanca and Tangier, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; Catania and Palermo, Sicily; Barcelona, Cadiz, Ibiza, Malaga, and Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Odessa and Yalta in the Ukraine; as well as Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Caribbean sailings depart from Fort Lauderdale and feature Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries as well as southern Caribbean and Bermuda sailings.
In 2013, Caribbean sailings will depart from Miami.
South American ports include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Portobelo, Brazil; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Copacabana, Brazil; and Santos, Brazil.
South African cruises make stops in Durban, South Africa; Portuguese Island, Inhabame/Mozambique; Barra Lodge, Inhabame/Mozambique; Maputo, Mozambique; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Pointe des Galets, Reunion.
Northern Europe ships sail itineraries that explore the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Capitals as well as destinations in Russia and England.
Red Sea cruises visit Sharm El-Sheikh, Safaga, and Cairo Egypt; Jerusalem, Israel; and Petra, Jordan.