• First 4 sailings onboard MSC Virtuosa will be marked as maiden voyages with special treats in store for guests
• MSC Cruises award-winning entertainment and leisure offering comes to the UK this summer on board the new flagship MSC Virtuosa
• Guests can expect round-the-clock entertainment with 210 activities each week and 17 hours of entertainment for adults of all ages
• MSC Cruises takes holiday entertainment at sea to a whole new level with West End style shows, live music and high energy water parks
London, UK – 27 April 2021: On board MSC Virtuosa, guests will find an unbeatable holiday offering – all in one place. With unparalleled facilities, next-generation technology and round-the-clock entertainment, guests can tailor their cruise to whatever holiday experience they desire. Kicking off these special range of British Isles sailings with 4 mini-cruises, departing on 20th, 24th, 28th May and 1st June, MSC Virtuosa’s first departures will be special maiden voyages bursting with exciting surprises and treats for guests.
To celebrate the launch of MSC Virtuosa, guests joining any of these first four sailings will be able to celebrate with us in style, starting their holiday with a delicious welcome cocktail on the promenade to get the good vibes going. Once settled in guests can expect a special and enriched menu for the Gala night to continue the VIP treatment, bursting with delectable flavours from around the world to fulfil that sense of wanderlust.
The fun doesn’t stop there as these first four sailings will each night play host to one of our mesmerising new theatre productions, providing some much-needed West End style magic. Guests can travel the world through these shows visiting Paris, New York and Italy through captivating storytelling and grand productions. With a different show every night, guests can expect to be entertained and spoiled for choice on these action-packed first sailings.
To top it off, guests can visit the Carousel Lounge to experience the beauty of music, as well as enjoy some comedic charm with two new special performances that include Soul Sisters, a mesmerising singing trio that will take guests back to the days of Motown and a nightly stand up special from hilarious comedian, Rikki Jay. So from action and adventure to retail and relaxation with a side of laughter, guests on these mini-cruises will be anything but bored with a world of special treats in store to celebrate MSC Virtuosa’s maiden voyages.
Antonio Paradiso, MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland commented “MSC Virtuosa is the ship that just keeps on giving, so I couldn’t be more excited for guests to join these first four sailings and experience the celebratory treats we have specially curated for these maiden voyages. On board MSC Virtuosa, a one-of-a-kind entertainment offering awaits eager British holiday makers, who have missed out on their favourite leisure activities over the last year, from live entertainment, to dancing and meals out. We want guests to share in the excitement of our British Isles sailings and we hope that these special touches will make their holiday even more memorable.”
The uniqueness of the MSC Cruises onboard experience has been preserved whilst building into it measures to protect the health and safety of our guests and crew. Entertainment is a popular part of the cruise experience and MSC Cruises has specifically designed the programme in compliance with the Company’s industry-leading health and safety protocol with measures in place such as controlling number of guests for different activities, wearing of masks and deep-cleaning of areas after each use. This means that guests can safely enjoy quality live music, activities and sports by the pool, engaging entertainment activities in the promenade and lounges as well as themed events, talent shows and dance shows.
Here are just some of the highlights that will keep our guests entertained throughout their trip:
1. IT’S SHOW TIME!
No more waiting in the wings, as four new, original, full-scale theatre productions will be performed in MSC Virtuosa’s theatre – a real treat for those who have missed the buzz of a live show playing out in front of their eyes.
As the curtains open, guests can travel around the world from the skies of Paris in ‘Le Ciel de Paris’ to ‘The Big Apple’ musical to lively Italian music in ‘Capriccio’. With multiple sittings per night, guests have plenty of opportunities to catch the shows of their choice.
2. ROUND-THE-CLOCK ACTIVITIES
Guests can take part in as many as 210 activities each week – from sociable poolside games, to getting competitive in the Sportplex, talent shows, dance nights, silent discos and themed nights, including White Party, Flower Glory Party and Space Party.
At the Red Gem Casino, there are games for every player from rookies to high rollers. With 164 slot machines, 12 tables for the classics – Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker and Texas Poker – and the latest gaming technology, guests can go all in for a thrilling casino session.
3. BACK TO THE FUTURE
On board MSC Virtuosa, the MSC Starship Club – a futuristic, immersive bar and entertainment experience – will lift off. Inspired by MSC Cruises’ vision of a spaceship, the MSC Starship Club transports guests into the future with 3D holographic projections and an interactive, infinity touchtable, which takes guests on a futuristic experience travelling in the solar system and beyond.
The star of the show is Rob, the robotic bartender. A feat of engineering, Rob is a humanoid robot with different facial expressions, a voice, and the ability to move his arms, body and head.
Rob can shake up 16 signature cocktails as well as infinite personalised cocktail options, each served in custom-designed futuristic glass that guests can keep as a memento of their MSC Starship Club experience.
Guests can choose from a number of activities that are out of this world, including the Space Party in the Promenade at the heart of the ship with actors in original costumes; an interactive Space Trivia quiz, hosted by Rob in collaboration with CBI; and Space Ship make&create at the Space Club, an original session where guests can create their own model to be judged and awarded directly by Rob.
4. MAKING A SPLASH
Guests can take their pick from five pools, indoor and outdoor, including the 1,700m2 Atmosphere Pool – one of the most spacious at sea.
For those who seek an adrenalin rush, MSC Virtuosa offers one of the biggest waterparks at sea, with three twisting slides and a ‘Himalayan Bridge’ adventure rope course 80 metres above the sea. Guests can meet and compete, with a range of poolside games for all ages to make a splash on board MSC Virtuosa.
For the young (and young at heart), the Aquaplay spray area sits underneath the slides, complete with massive tipping bucket, water guns and multiple interactive water elements.
5. RELAX & REJUVENATE
For those looking for a moment of pure peacefulness and pampering, MSC Virtuosa presents the MSC Aurea Spa. Tailored face treatments, holistic skincare products made with organic ingredients, massages, aromatherapy, steam rooms and saunas – with all this and more to choose from, MSC Aurea’s spa offering will leave guests floating in a sea of tranquillity.
With exclusive products, new technologies and organic brands, the expansive 1,100m2 MSC Aurea Spa is leading the way for spas at sea, providing a haven of natural relaxation away from the rest of the world.
6. SING AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
MSC Virtuosa comes alive at night. Guests can release their inner pop diva at a karaoke session or try their hand at a variety of dances from salsa to merengue to ballroom.
At the Attic Club, DJs get the party started, and for black-tie glamour, guests can get dressed up to the nines for one of MSC Cruises’ award-winning parties or gala evenings.
When guests are finally ready for a nightcap, the warm, elegant L’Atelier Bar & Art offers a carefully selected wine list and creative signature cocktails accompanied by a pop-up art gallery and live jazz music.
7. A SPOT OF RETAIL THERAPY
Guests can spoil themselves on board MSC Virtuosa. With the largest shopping area at sea –1,168m2 of space housing 11 boutiques and over 250 brands – and an average saving of 15-20% compared to domestic prices, MSC Virtuosa is the perfect place to treat oneself to new outfits, accessories, gadgets and more.
New to any MSC Cruises' ship and bringing an additional touch of luxury is the single brand OMEGA shop, and a luxury accessories boutique with leading international brands.
Putting guests at the helm of their holiday, MSC for Me is a multi-channel digital offering which puts information at our guests’ fingertips, helping to plan and book services, and get the most out of every MSC Cruise experience.
For more information and to book, visit: www.msccruises.co.uk/cruises/ships/msc-virtuosa/itineraries
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