MSC CRUISES INAUGURATES NEWLY EQUIPPED CO-BRANDED TERMINAL AND ANNOUNCES EXTENDED PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PORT OF KIEL
- MSC Cruises strengthens homeport operations in Kiel as MSC Meraviglia makes her maiden call
Kiel, Germany, 27 April 2019 - MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company, today inaugurated a newly equipped co-branded terminal and a dedicated berth at the Port of Kiel. As MSC Meraviglia marked her maiden call to Kiel, senior leaders of MSC Cruises and the Port gathered to renew their long-term partnership and agreed to ramp up the Company’s homeporting operations. As of 2020, MSC Cruises is due to become the number one cruise line at the Port.
MSC Meraviglia’s maiden call marks the start of a regular cruise schedule with turnaround operations in Kiel, where the ship is homeporting until September 2019. On a bi-weekly basis, MSC Meraviglia sails on two beautiful routes to the Norwegian Fjords via Copenhagen and Stavanger, and to St. Petersburg via Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn.
Today’s maiden call represented a major milestone for MSC Cruises and the Port of Kiel, which came together not only to mark this occasion, but also to inaugurate a newly equipped terminal and berth. As the main cruise line at ‘Berth No°1 – Ostuferhafen’, MSC Cruises has customized the branding of both the terminal and the associated luggage area. A second gangway specifically for MSC Cruises is due to be developed in due course, helping ensure smooth turnaround operations.
To further reinforce their partnership, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, and Dirk Claus, Managing Director and CEO of Port of Kiel, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) laying out the brand’s future growth out of the Port. MSC Cruises will deploy two ships in Kiel from 2020 onwards, becoming the number one cruise line at the Port and enabling its growth across Northern Europe and the Baltic.