MSC is to lengthen ‘MSC Magnifica’, adding 23 m to the ship that will result in an additional 7,000 sq m of added space with 215 extra cabins.
This will bring the total number of balcony cabins to 63% of the overall ship, and will result in a new water park, a redesigned kids area, plus additional features, such as two new restaurants and a new shopping area.
The 24 sailings planned from Southampton beginning in May and ending in October, 2021 will see the introduction of cruises ranging from two to 14 nights with new varied itineraries encompassing Canary Islands & Madeira, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic Capitals. Most of the 24 sailings will begin on a Saturday to ensure that guests can make the most of their holiday experience, MSC said.
Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director, MSC Cruises UK & Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to be further enhancing our guest experience and offering brand new itineraries sailing from the UK. We are committed to providing UK guests with the holidays they want, and travel agents with cruises they want to sell. This announcement is the result of the on-going feedback we have received from agents and guests who want to sail with MSC Cruises from Southampton to new destinations. Our goal is always to provide more opportunities for the trade and more choice for the guest.
He added “The UK market is a priority for MSC Cruises and we have shown our commitment consistently over the last few years. Firstly, with our first ever full EX-UK season in 2018, then with the naming of ‘MSC Bellissima’ in Southampton in March this year and now with another full EX-UK season on a newly refurbished and enhanced ship with brand new itineraries created specifically with the British holidaymakers in mind.”
MSC Cruises has refurbished and stretched other ships in the fleet, as in 2015 the four ‘Lirica’ class ships underwent renovation as part of the €130 mill ‘Renaissance project’, to improve facilities and enhance the on board experience.
When the work is completed, ‘MSC Magnifica’ will feature two new major and important on board environmental advances to complement a wide range of existing environmental technologies across the company’s entire fleet: a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and an advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) system.
SCRs help reduce nitrogen oxide into pure nitrogen and water through active emissions control technology. MSC Cruises also took the opportunity to install a wastewater treatment system on board that meets the highest standards and that purifies used wastewater to near tap-water quality.
This system meets the so-called ‘Baltic Standard’ and treats the wastewater to a higher standard than most waste standards available in cities around the world. To help reduce and continuously minimise emissions, while in port, the ship will be able to ‘plug in’ to the local power grid wherever such systems are available at a berth.