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Geneva, Switzerland – July 13, 2023 – Lucy Ellis has been appointed as Chief Communications Officer for MSC Cruises, taking over from Luca Biondolillo who is leaving the company at the end of August to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Lucy will be responsible for leading the company’s global communications strategy, overseeing internal and external communications and managing corporate reputation. Having already worked for MSC Cruises for nearly eight years this internal promotion is a recognition of her proven leadership and expertise.

A seasoned international communications professional with more than 20 years of strategic communications experience, she previously held the role of SVP at Weber Shandwick and Associate Director at H&K Strategies consulting for global organisations such as Unilever, Mondelez and Nestlé.

Gianni Onorato, CEO MSC Cruises said: “I am proud to announce Lucy’s new appointment as it recognises the investment we make in our people to enable them to grow within our organisation. Lucy’s extensive experience as well as her knowledge of the business and industry made her the natural successor for this role. Together with the MSC family around the world, I want to thank Luca for his commitment and dedication over the last nine years and we wish him the very best with his new endeavours.”

Lucy Ellis added: “I’m thrilled to take on this role. MSC Cruises is an inspiring and very special business; we have a team of talented people and an exciting vision, and I look forward to leading the work of our dynamic global communications department.”

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About MSC Cruises  

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the market leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.   

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruise Division of MSC Group, the world’s leading and privately held shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises – the contemporary brand - has a modern fleet of 22 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels, terminals and other assets. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025, with options for six more vessel orders in place through 2030.  

MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs, and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships, click here 

The line’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve.  In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol, click here 

MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship, with a long-term goal to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry-wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment, click here.    

Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments, click here 



Media Relations - MSC Cruises USA