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MSC Meraviglia Debuts in New York

SALEM, Ohio — MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line with a growing presence in the group market, announced that MSC Meraviglia, the sophisticated mega smart ship, will kick off its inaugural season in North America, making its maiden call in New York on October 7, 2019.

MSC Cruises has become a recognized name to group travel planners across North America and has a dedicated presence in support of the group travel market with visible sponsor positions at gatherings including the Select Traveler Conference and Boomers in Groups.

“New York has been a market that MSC Cruises has been exploring for a number of years,” said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. “We are thrilled that for the first time in MSC Cruises history, we are now able to offer sailings from this important region and meet the expectations of both our travel agent partners and guests.”

MSC Meraviglia offers group passengers a variety of unique features that have made the ship one of the hottest destinations at sea. Highlights include world-class entertainment with two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows created just for MSC Meraviglia, a Mediterranean-style promenade and a wide range of culinary offerings, including an expanded partnership with global Italian food expert Eataly, as well as a partnership with world-renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury. In addition, the ship caters to groups with modular connected staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 people.

“Bringing MSC Meraviglia to New York is the perfect introduction for the ship to the U.S., providing travelers an option to check out new itineraries with MSC Cruises and, for those in the region, a convenient way to discover MSC Meraviglia’s style,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. “With MSC Meraviglia coming to New York and, eventually, to Miami, we are bringing the three most innovative and modern classes of MSC Cruises ships to the U.S., offering a wider range of memorable experiences for guests.”

You can learn more about MSC Cruises by meeting with Wayne Peyreau at any of The Group Travel Family conferences he attends, or contact him directly at 954-958-3283 or