MSC Cruises embarks on new partnership with Southampton homeport
By Ruby Norris | 25 Nov 2020
MSC Cruises has marked its commitment to the UK cruise industry with a new partnership and homeport in Southampton.
As of Summer 2021, the MSC Magnifica will call Southampton’s new fifth terminal home following the announcement of a long-term agreement with ABP Southampton.
Already the UK’s number one departure port, Southampton will add another terminal set to open in Summer 2021 and will become the home port of MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica for part of her second ever full season sailing from the UK.
Also as part of the new agreement, at least one MSC vessel will homeport in Southampton every year, and more ships will be calling at Southampton as part of a push for wider itineraries from 2021 and beyond.
There are big plans for MSC Magnifica once sailing resumes in 2021. According to a press release the ship will sail 21 voyages in summer 2021 from Southampton – including two 14-night cruises to the Mediterranean in July and August calling at ports such as Malaga, Lisbon, and Monte Carlo.
There are also weekend mini sailings to Northern Europe and seven night cruises to the incredible Norwegian Fjords.
Speaking about the partnership Antonio Paradiso, MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland said:”We are committed to providing UK guests with the holidays they want, and travel agents with the products they want to sell. This announcement is the result of the on-going feedback we have received from agents and guests who have told us they want to sail with MSC Cruises, from Southampton.”
Gianni Onorato, CEO at MSC Cruises, also spoke about MSC’s commitment to the UK cruise industry.
“We are really proud to be further supporting the UK cruise industry at this incredibly important time for both the industry and the UK economy. At MSC Cruises, we really believe in the potential of the UK cruise market and making this long-term commitment is evidence of that,” he explained.
Southampton’s new terminal is part of a wider initiative for sustainability in the cruise industry. Having received support from the Solent LEP and the Government‘s ’Getting Building Programme‘ it will benefit from roof-mounted solar power and will also have Shore Power connectivity installed.
MSC also stated that investing in this project is just one of the many ways the cruise line is supporting sustainability initiatives as part of the brand‘s drive to continuously decrease the fleet’s environmental impact.
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