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NEW YORK, NY (May 6, 2009) – Start spreading the news –
MSC Cruises introduces its brand of sophisticated European-style
cruising to New York City and will be returning in the Fall of 2010 with a
series of Canada/New England itineraries.
MSC Orchestra arrived in
New York City Tuesday morning to a warm welcome from city officials.
Her historic arrival marks the first time one of the Italian-owned cruise
line’s ships has called in the “Big Apple.” The ship docked overnight at the
Manhattan Cruise Terminal before departing today on an eastbound
transatlantic crossing to
Copenhagen, where she will sail
Northern Europe itineraries during the summer months.
On Sept. 22, 2010, the line’s newest ship MSC Magnifica (currently
under construction in France) arrives in
New York for the line’s
inaugural season of Canada/New England itineraries, roundtrip from
New York City and
Quebec City. It is estimated that the ship’s calls in NYC can
potentially have an indirect revenue impact on the city valued at more than
“It has been decades since vacationers have been able to sail from New York
on a European-owned
cruise line with the classic style and elegance that only the
Italians know how to deliver,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of
MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. “We are excited to make this memorable
experience readily accessible to the residents of the Northeast.”
He adds, “With the most modern and fastest growing fleet in the cruise
industry, MSC Cruises feels right at home in this, the crossroads of the
world. We look forward to strengthening our position in New York City in
MSC Cruises offers itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe,
South America and the
Caribbean, as well as transatlantic sailings. Each itinerary features the
out-of-the-ordinary port calls for which MSC Cruises has become known.
No matter what the sailing region, MSC Cruises offers guests
an authentic Italian/European cruise experience,
from the superb cuisine featuring regional Italian specialties (as well as
perennial, All-American favorites) to the warmth and generosity of the
Italian officers and international crew and the European-style
entertainment that is suitable for the entire family.
MSC Cruises is no stranger to New York City. The U.S. headquarters of the
cruise line’s parent company,
Mediterranean Shipping Company, have been based in
New York City for
nearly 25 years.