MSC reduces capacity in South America

By ,   September 25, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises announced its South America program 2016-2017. The company will reduce tonnage from 5 to 4 ships as MSC Armonia, Musica, Preziosa and Orchestra are scheduled to sail in the region. During the coming season, MSC will sail MSC Armonia, Lirica, Magnifica, Poesia and Splendida in South America.

The ships' shuffle and the subtraction of one vessel from the South American cruise market sees MSC Cruises building up in Cuba and Asia. MSC Opera will visit Cuba seasonally, while MSC Lirica will sail year-round in China.

For 2016-2017 MSC will operate 73 total sailings in South America. The highlight will be the arrival of MSC Preziosa, the newest ship in the fleet.

According to Roberto Fusaro, General Director of MSC Cruises South America, the advanced news allowed them to reaffirm commitment to Brazilian market. However, problems found in that market- tax, bureaucratic and operational, had hampered the sustainable growth of their business in the country.