MSC to return to no-fly cruising

One of MSC Cruises’ new ships will be based in the UK, MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago has confirmed.

Vago refused to comment on whether the UK would get one of MSC’s new all-weather Vista-class ships, but said: “It will be a premium product that meets expectations. It will be a new-generation ship, but we need to take deliveries before making any firm decisions.”

MSC has already announced that MSC Meraviglia, its first Vista-class ship, will spend its inaugural summer in the Mediterranean starting May 2017.

The two new Vista-class ships have been designed for year-round cruising in any destination but still have ‘generous’ outside spaces. Features include plenty of dining and entertainment options, an aft lounge with sea views and three-deck interior promenade.

Vago said MSC needs to look at expanding into Asia but that even with the four new ships due to launch by 2019, it would not yet have enough tonnage. “For Asia, it has to be the right ship built for that market.”

MSC Cruises has grown 800% in the past 10 years to carry a total 1.7 million passengers. This figure will double by 2019, when the four new ships on order have been delivered.

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