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MSC Cruises announces Yorkshire Tea and other British classics will be introduced to ships sailing from Southampton

LONDON, UK – 28th September, 2017, following a nationwide vote, MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, today announces the brand of tea the British public have chosen to be served onboard MSC Magnifica in 2018 - and it’s a victory for Yorkshire Tea.

Over 1,000 people voted in the online poll on the MSC Cruises Facebook and twitter pages, which led to the selection of the popular brand. The tea will be available in all on board bars and restaurants and in a first for MSC Cruises, also in cabins, along with a kettle, coffee, milk and sugar, so guests can enjoy hot drinks in their cabins.

Antonio Paradiso, MD of MSC Cruises for the UK & Ireland said ‘We are so pleased to announce that the winning brand, selected by the British public, is Yorkshire Tea. In order to make a ‘proper brew’ it’s attention to detail that counts, which is something we pride ourselves on at MSC Cruises. As a family owned Company we understand how important home comforts are, and are pleased to be able to add this special touch in order to make MSC Magnifica home for guests while they are exploring the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in 2018.

‘MSC Cruises is dedicated to the UK market and homeporting a ship in Southampton, and the enhancements we’ve made to the onboard product based on feedback from UK guests and travel agents, is testament to this’

There are many other enhancements being made to the product onboard the ship which carries 3,200 guests, ready for the Company’s first full season sailing from Southampton. MSC Magnifica will sail from the port to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean from April – October 2018. Other additions to the product include British & Irish beer and cider on draft, a British comedian and Cruise Director joining the entertainment team and all the favourite big-brand condiments including HP Sauce, Colmans Mustard and Marmite will be available.

To celebrate the announcement, the cruise company is recruiting a Tea and Cake taster to sail on the ship and ensure that guests are getting a proper brew, and the cakes are practically perfect in every way. The successful applicant, who will need an exceptional palate and a sweet tooth, will be invited aboard MSC Magnifica sailing from Southampton in April 2018 to rigorously taste-test the ship’s tea and cakes. During the 7 day contract, a daily wage of tea and cake will be provided, and accommodation for the successful applicant and an assistant is also included as part of the job.
For more information on the MSC Cruises Southampton sailings or to apply to be the Company’s first Tea and Cake taster visit

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Notes to Editors

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately owned cruise company and the number one cruise line in Europe and South America. The Company sails year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and offers seasonal itineraries in northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, Cuba and the French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sir Bani Yas. The MSC Cruises’ experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes.

For the first time in 2018 MSC Cruises will home port a ship in Southampton. MSC Magnifica will depart Southampton on 23 sailing dates from April to October 2018 on voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.