MSC Cruises has announced that the 4,360-passenger MSC Splendida will join MSC Lirica in offering cruises from China.
MSC Cruises only recently entered the Chinese cruise market in May 2016, with the deployment of the 2,600-passenger MSC Lirica from Tianjin, but has already seen great success and will be tripling its capacity for the 2018 season.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer, commented: “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 will undergo a significant dry-dock enhancement in late 2017, adapting the ship to the needs and expectations of Chinese travellers. The 2009-built ship will visit many popular cruise destinations in China, Japan and Korea, with itineraries being announced at a later date.