Paradiso steps up at MSC Cruises

2024-01-29T17:32:36+00:00 January 29th, 2024|Appointments|

MSC Cruises’ UK and Ireland Managing Director, Antonio Paradiso has been appointed Vice President of International Sales for the group’s cruise division.

This newly created headquarters role sees Paradiso reporting to Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, assuming responsibility for Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland) for MSC Cruises.

He will also continue to serve as Managing Director of the UK and Irish Markets for MSC Cruises and Explora Journeys.

MSC’s area managers for Scandinavia, Australasia and South Africa will report to Paradiso.

“I would like to thank the MSC Group for putting their trust in me with this new position.

“I have worked for MSC for 16 years and have been on an incredible journey of growth within the organisation, as I have progressed through the business. I am delighted to take on this new professional challenge and I am proud to further contribute to the success of this company globally,” Paradiso said.

He is also the UK and Ireland Managing Director of Explora Journeys, MSC’s luxury cruise brand, which in five years’ time will operate of fleet of six Fincantieri-built cruise ships, offering a total of 2,700 luxury suites.

In addition, the MSC Group is moving to a new US home in Downtown Miami.

The Group’s $100 mill investment in Miami-Dade will bring about 250 South Florida-based team members from MSC Cargo, MSC Cruises and Explora Journeys under one roof in a new facility.

MSC Cargo has been based in Miami-Dade for more than 25 years and now MSC Cruises is moving to establish the Cruise Division’s North American headquarters, as part of the Group’s commitment to Miami, the group said.

The 130,000 sq ft office space will support the continued growth of MSC Cruises and the newly launched Explora Journeys in the North American market, allowing them to expand alongside MSC Cargo.

According to an economic impact analysis run by Miami-Dade County, this latest development from the MSC Group will generate 668 direct and indirect jobs over the next three years. It will also provide $65.2 mill annually in recurring direct economic impact (Gross Regional Product), delivering measurable growth to the local community.

The Cruise Division is also building a new cruise terminal at PortMiami, set to become North America’s largest once it’s completed later this year.

It will feature a four-story building capable of accommodating 36,000 pax movements per day, and will have enough berthing space to serve three latest generation ships simultaneously.