MSC Cruises is committed to becoming mainstream in the North American market, according to Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman. He said that the brand will introduce a third ship for the market, the Meraviglia, in the Caribbean in 2019.
The Meraviglia will be deployed in North America year-round in addition to the Seaside, which enters year-round service in December 2017, and the Divina which will continue to sail seasonally in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
(Cruise Industry News)
MSC Upgrade Dining Experience
MSC Cruises is upgrading their on-board dining experience, with more flexibility, a stronger emphasis on celebrity chef partnerships and speciality restaurants.
The changes will debut on MSC Meraviglia in June, followed by MSC Seaside in December, before being rolled out fleetwide.
MSC’s new Flexi-Dining program will allow passengers to select an evening time slot for their meal with the option to change it at anytime. However, the line will retain two set dining times for those passengers who prefer traditional cruise ship dining, allowing passengers to keep the same table, tablemates and waiters.
MSC Yacht Club passengers will also benefit from flexible dining in the exclusive MSC Yacht Club restaurant, with the option to pre-booking a table should they prefer.
More details will be available at a later date.
Stop Press – The head of MSC Cruises in the U.K. has pledged the U.K. will have one of the line’s new builds for part of a season — likely one of the Meraviglia class — while he is in charge here. (Cruisecritic) MSC Magnifica, 2009, will be based in Southampton from April to October 2018.
The excellent ‘MSC Fans’ web site features many images of ‘Meraviglia’ being outfitted: HERE