|MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Hamburg Senator Frank Horch|
On May 1, MSC Cruises celebrated the maiden call in Hamburg of MSC Splendida.
An indication of MSC Cruises’ increasing investment in the German market, and in Hamburg in particular, MSC Splendida is the first “Fantasia” class ship – the line’s largest and newest class of ships – to be based at the northern German port for a season, the line said.
MSC Splendida will homeport in Hamburg for the summer season, making 13 sailings around northern Europe, encompassing the British Isles, the Norwegian fjords and Iceland.
In addition to featuring the MSC Yacht Club – MSC’s ship within a ship luxury offering – MSC Splendida offers 20 bars, six restaurants, five swimming pools – including a large aqua park, 4D cinema, F1 simulator and a variety of wellness, sports, and family options.
MSC Splendida’s arrival in Hamburg was marked by a ceremonial crest exchange between the ship’s Captain, Giuseppe Maresca, and the Harbourmaster of Hamburg, Jörg Pollman, with MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, Hamburg Senator, Frank Horch, and a large international media contingent in attendance.
In addition to deploying MSC Splendida from Hamburg, MSC Cruises will this month base MSC Orchestra in Kiel and MSC Sinfonia in Warnemünde.
Additionally, MSC Orchestra and MSC Sinfonia will offer northern European “Grand Tours,” where two back-to-back cruises combine to create one 14-night voyage.