THE AWESOME RENEWED AND ENHANCED MSC SINFONIA RETURNS TO DURBAN!!
MSC Cruises, the world’s fourth largest cruise line and largest privately-owned cruise company, and market leader in the Mediterranean, South America and South Africa, announces that MSC Sinfonia will be returning to its home port of Durban on 19 November 2015 for the first time since it has undergone ground-breaking enlargement and enhancements as part of MCS’ Renaissance Programme.
The €200-million Renaissance Programme was undertaken to refit and extend four ships of the MSC Cruises fleet, and involves bisecting the ship before inserting a new 24-metre section into the space. MSC Sinfonia entered drydock in January 2015, and returned to duty 10 weeks later with renewed amenities and enriched on-board spaces for cruise guests.
She now has even more balcony cabins, more spacious public areas, a greater choice of restaurants and new clubs dedicated to younger guests, including the outdoor Spray Park with exciting waterfalls and splashy water slides. Thanks to recently agreed partnerships between MSC Cruises and best-in-class childcare and toy brands, MSC Sinfonia also has special kids’ areas equipped with Chicco® and LEGO® products.
Says Allan Foggitt, Marketing and Sales Director for MSC Cruises: “After a busy season cruising the western Mediterranean and Northern Europe, MSC Sinfonia will head down the East coast to South Africa, arriving in Durban to commence her local 2015-16 summer season in November 2015. One of South Africa’s favorite ships, the MSC Sinfonia is sure to please both cruise enthusiasts and new travellers alike.”
MSC Sinfonia is the second MSC Cruises ship to undergo restyling and extension, after her sister ship, MSC Armonia, which returned to sea in November 2014. Other members of the MSC fleet to undergo the Renaissance programme include the MSC Opera, which returned to service in June 2015, and the MSC Lirica, which is due to return to the seas in late October.
MSC Cruises, which has grown by 800% in capacity since 2004, carried 1.67-million guests and achieved strong financial results in 2014, with a turnover of €1.5-billion.
In addition, the company is forecasting an additional 10% growth in 2015. On local shores, Allan notes that cruising remains in incredibly popular holiday option for many South Africans: “Currently, cruise sales for the upcoming local season are 48% above figures from the same time last year. In fact, sales for November, December 2015 and January 2016 are already 90% sold out. We are excited to be introducing the new and improved MSC Sinfonia to our south African market – I am sure she will not disappoint!”
MSC Cruises, part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is the market leader in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil, and sails year-round in the Mediterranean. Its seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, as well as the Emirates and Oman.
MSC Cruises feels a deep responsibility for the environments in which it operates, and was the first company ever to earn the Bureau Veritas “7 Golden Pearls” for superior management and environmental stewardship.
In 2009, MSC Cruises began an enduring partnership with UNICEF to support various programmes assisting children worldwide. So far, more than €3m has been collected in voluntary guest donations. MSC Cruises was born in the Mediterranean, and draws inspiration from this heritage to create a unique experience for holidaymakers worldwide. Its fleet comprises 12 modern ships: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.