MSC Cruises Bases Second Ship in China

By ,   September 21, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises will deploy a 2nd ship to China in order to meet growing demand.

From May 2018 MSC Splendida will serve the Chinese market following dry dock refurbishment planned for next year.

The 4,363-passenger ship, built in 2009, will call at popular cruise destinations in Japan, Korea and China. Itinerary details are yet to be revealed.

MSC Splendida

The move follows opening of an MSC office in Shanghai with new management and operations team. According to the line, at 137,936 GT, MSC Splendida will be one of the biggest, most modern vessels operating in the region.

The ship will join MSC Lirica, operating from China since May. Lirica recently moved its homeport to Tianjin, to serve north China market during winter months.

Gianni Onorato, said:

“Deploying MSC Splendida to the shores of China is a further testimony of our commitment to this key growth market.

“In fact, since it came into service MSC Splendida has been the most popular ship for Chinese and other Asian guests cruising the Mediterranean with us.

“MSC Splendida represents a second, strong step towards meeting the growing demand for our unique product and ultra-modern ships by Chinese guests.

“She will also undergo significant dry-dock enhancement in late 2017, ahead of her deployment, to further improve and customise her already amazing range of services.”

The MSC Splendida ship will also introduce the luxury MSC Yacht Club concept ‘ship within a ship’ to China.