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MSC Cruises - new MSC MagnificaSeptember 15 - 2010 : MSC Cruises’ Recognized for Ship, Suite Design with Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards

MSC Cruises has been recognized with three prestigious 2010 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, a leading travel industry publication, earning recognition in the contemporary ship design, suite design and promotional video categories.

MSC Splendida
Photo: MSC Spendida

MSC Splendida, one of MSC Cruises’ newest and largest ships, was selected as a 2010 Gold Magellan Award winner in the Cruise Ship|Contemporary Ship category. MSC Cruises also received two Silver Magellan Awards: the line’s Royal Suite Yacht Club was recognized in the Cruise Ship|Suite Design category, while its Canada/New England video was honored in the Cruise Ship/Promotional Video category.

The Magellan Awards is the premier awards program honoring the best in the travel industry, from design to marketing to services. The 2010 Magellan Awards received entries from top travel organizations and professionals worldwide and were judged by a panel of prominent travel industry professionals.

“MSC Cruises is honored to be recognized by our industry peers with these prestigious Magellan Awards. The awards acknowledge MSC’s high standards and ongoing commitment of offering guests refined style and luxury, while combining European charm with contemporary elegance,” said Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc.
Gold Magellan Award-winner MSC Splendida debuted in July 2009 and is the second in the line’s “Fantasia” class of ships. Among its highlights is the MSC Yacht Club, a VIP area complete with 99 spacious suites and 24-hour butler service, as well as 4 swimming pools, a squash court and a Formula 1 simulator. In addition, the ship’s innovative technology includes energy-saving and environmentally-friendly features.

The design of the Royal Suites of the MSC Yacht Club earned a Silver Magellan Award. Available on the “Fantasia” class of ships (MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica), the luxurious suites encompass 572 square feet, with a private balcony or panoramic view. Designed by De Jorio Design International, they are include such luxurious amenities as a marble bathroom, spacious wardrobe, Egyptian cotton sheets, Dorelan pillow menu, and Myform memory ergonomic mattress, interactive TV, Ninendo and much more.

MSC Cruises also was honored with a Silver Magellan Award for the promotional video of its inaugural season of Canada/New England cruises. The video showcases the scenic destinations in Coastal Atlantic Canada where, beginning this month, guests will be able to experience the beauty of the fall foliage from onboard MSC Poesia as she sails along from New York City to Quebec City.

About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises currently has the most modern fleet in the world with nine ships: MSC Fantasia (the largest ship ever built for a European ship owner), MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North and South America, the Indian Ocean and South Africa. MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica will be launched, respectively, in 2009 and 2010. MSC Cruises is the only company to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental protection.

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