Italy is driving the resumption of global cruising

Over 4 million cruise passengers will be handled in total by MSC in the course of 2021. Of these, 1.5 million are Italian passengers, many of which boarded from Liguria, the first Italian region with over 500,000 shipments. He revealed it today Leonardo Massa, during the’Italian Cruise Day in progress in Savona.

Ours was the first country in the world to restart cruises, with the Grandiosa from Genoa in August 2020 – underlined in particular the managing director Italy of MSC -. And also this year it is confirmed as the driving market for our company at a global level, with a movement equal to over a third of the total world. Today we already have 12 ships in operation, out of a total of 19. We therefore look to the future with cautious optimism, supported by good trend in bookings for 2022, year in which we expect to record significant growth e the return to operations of the entire fleet, which will reach 21 units, thanks to the arrival of World Europa and Seascape. As for destinations, in 2021 we found a strong demand for nearby destinations, with Italy and the Mediterranean among the most popular itineraries, while for some time now we have been observing a growth trend in bookings for destinations all over the world, including Northern Europe, the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia. The latter, in particular, is an absolute novelty in the world ”.

Despite the pandemic, the expansion plan of the MSC fleet continues at full speed aims to reach 29 ships by 2027, thanks to a total investment of 13.6 billion euros, including the construction of new sustainable ships with reduced environmental impact, as well as the launch of the new luxury cruise brand, Explora Journeys. The latter envisages the construction of four new units with Fincantieri, for a total value of over 2 billion euros, with the first two being delivered in 2023 and 2024.

In 2021 the Virtuosa and Seashore also entered service, while 2022 will see the delivery of World Europa, the first LNG MSC ship, which will also power Euribia, construction of which began this year and is scheduled to debut in 2023. The Seascape will also be delivered by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone next year, ship among the most advanced in terms of environmental technology and equipped with selective catalytic reduction systems designed to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems to remove 98% of sulfur oxide produced from the ship.