MSC MAGNIFICA UNDERGOES EUR 130 MILLION (≈$143 MILLION USD) TRANSFORMATION, SALES NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 2021

16/09/2019
• The newly-restyled and extended MSC Magnifica will now also feature two new major and important onboard environmental advances: a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system 
• MSC Magnifica’s guests will enjoy even more public spaces, more and improved guest accommodation options, new features as well brand-new itineraries encompassing Northern Europe, Baltic Capitals, Canary Islands & Madeira and the Mediterranean

MSC Cruises opened sales last week for MSC Magnifica for summer 2021, sailing from Southampton, UK. The ship will undergo a Euro 130 million (≈$143 million USD) transformation at the start of 2021, adding 75 ft. to the ship resulting in an additional 75,347 sq. ft. of comfort and other features.

When works are completed, MSC Magnifica will feature two new major and important onboard environmental advances to complement a wide range of existing leading-edge environmental technologies across the company’s entire fleet: a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system.

SCR technology helps to reduce nitrogen oxide into pure nitrogen and water through advanced active emissions control technology. MSC Cruises also installed a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment system on board that meets the highest standards, purifying used wastewater to near tap-water quality. The system meets what is called the ‘Baltic Standard’ and treats the wastewater to a higher standard than most waste standards available in cities around the world.
To help reduce and continuously minimize emissions also while in port, the ship will be able to ‘plug in’ to the local power grid wherever such systems are available at berth.

MSC Magnifica’s transformation will also result in the addition of 215 extra staterooms — bringing the total number of balcony staterooms to 63% of the overall ship — as well as overall improved guest accommodations, an additional 8,611 sq. ft. of sundeck, a totally new water park, a redesigned kids area, plus additional features such as two new restaurants and a new shopping area.
Additionally, MSC Cruises revealed today that MSC Magnifica will also offer new and varied itineraries to some of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands & Madeira, Northern Europe plus the Baltic Capitals. Following her transformation works the ship will in fact adhere to the world’s strictest environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which allows MSC Magnifica to be certified to operate in delicate environments including the Baltic Sea.

The 24 sailings from Southampton, beginning in May 2021 and ending in October 2021, will introduce a range of cruises from 2-nights to 14-nights. One of the highlights is a 12-night cruise in May, which calls at three of the Canary Islands — Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote — with their fantastic climate, distinctive landscapes and bustling ports.

Meanwhile in August, a 14-night Western Mediterranean cruise, including popular destinations such as Palma de Mallorca and Monte Carlo, will be the perfect choice for the family summer vacation. MSC Magnifica will offer four different stunning Norwegian Fjord itineraries, calling at two brand new destinations: Skagen in Denmark, renowned for hours of sun and unique light; and, Rosendal, Norway, which is the world’s fourth largest fjord — making this the picture-perfect cruise for summer 2021.

As part of her in-depth transformation, MSC Magnifica will also receive additional new and upgraded state-of-the-art environmental technology, including a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system (ECGS), as part of MSC Cruises’ longstanding commitment to minimize and continuously reduce its impact on the environment. Such a system removes up to 98% of the sulphur dioxide from the ship’s exhaust and greatly reduces particulate matter. The hybrid EGCS system on MSC Magnifica provides a higher level of flexibility to operate under all circumstances in an environmentally sound and responsible manner.
Sales for MSC Magnifica are open starting September 12, 2019. Guests who book before December 12, 2019 will receive a 5% early booking discount, and Voyagers Club Members will also receive their usual 5% loyalty discount in addition to the early booking discount.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
May Mini Cruise
This 3-night sailing is perfect for a first-time cruiser who wants a taste of a vacation at sea, or travelers who would like to extend a European vacation with a shorter cruise. Set sail from Southampton late on Friday evening and spend the day in Zeebrugge before returning to Southampton.

Baltic Capitals
There are two opportunities to discover the much-loved Baltic Capitals, on a 12-night cruise departing May 31, 2021 or on a 14-night cruise departing September 11, 2021. Offering slightly different itineraries with added highlights on the 14-night itinerary including an overnight stay in the Swedish Capital Stockholm, and a visit to Denmark’s Skagen. Both sailings include an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia and a visit to Norway’s capital, Oslo.
Norway Your Way
With so many beautiful ports to explore in Norway, guests can choose from one of four different Norwegian Fjord itineraries setting sail across the summer season. Explore much loved ports including Flåm and Stavanger and new destinations for MSC Cruises including Rosendal, Denmark and Nordfjordeid, Norway.
14 nights perfect for families

This 14-night cruise to some of the Mediterranean’s most loved destinations has been developed with families in mind. Departing on August 7, 2021 this cruise begins with two sea days to give guests a chance to settle in. Then its action-packed itinerary allows guests to explore seven different ports in nine days, including a late sail from the fabulous Palma de Mallorca and a visit to the exclusive Monte Carlo.

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