MSC Cruises’ €200m Renaissance Programme continues as MSC Sinfonia enters Fincantieri shipyard
MSC Sinfonia has arrived at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sicily as part of MSC Cruises’ €200m Renaissance Programme to renew and enlarge four of its ships.
Over the next 10 weeks MSC Sinfonia will undergo intensive work including the bisection of the ship’s hull.
This follows work on sister ship, MSC Armonia, which resumed service on 17 November 2014.
On 20 and 21 January marine engineers will insert a prebuilt midsection to the ship containing 193 extra cabins. They will then refit and renew much of the ship’s interior, bringing an enhanced sense of comfort and space.
Once the work and sea trials are completed, the revamped MSC Sinfonia will sail for Genoa on 25 March, from where it will begin its maiden cruise to Ajaccio, Barcelona and Marseille.
MSC Sinfonia will feature new purpose-built areas for children created in partnership with Chicco® and LEGO®, and a new Baby Club, Mini Club, Young Club and Teens Club. MSC Cruises has also reimagined the onboard dining experiences, keeping the buffet open 20 hours per day and installing fresh new dining spaces, a brand new lounge and an extended restaurant.
The ship’s MSC Aurea Spa will also be enriched with additional massage areas, and a new outdoor spray park will be added on deck 13 featuring water features and jets.
The remainder of the Renaissance Programme will progress with work taking place on MSC Opera from 2 May to 4 July 2015, and MSC Lirica from 31 August to 2 November 2015.
MSC Cruises currently carries roughly 40,000 guests per day, but by 2022 will double its capacity to 80,000 guests a day – 3.4 million per year – once the Renaissance Programme is completed and the last of seven planned ships is delivered.
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