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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – November 15, 2023 – MSC Cruises has won four industry accolades from Porthole Cruise and Travel, a leading international magazine covering cruising, destinations and onboard experiences. The magazine honored MSC Cruises in the 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards for its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, on-board entertainment and outstanding shore excursions.

In the Eco-Friendly Cruise Line category, MSC Cruises was named “Best Eco-Friendly Cruise Line” for its continued commitment to sustainability. This summer, MSC Cruises operated the industry’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions voyage with its newest LNG-powered vessel, MSC Euribia. The recognition also speaks to the brand’s long-term goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, along with its commitment to noise reduction technology, LNG-powered ship technology and more.

MSC Cruises was also awarded “Best Cruise Ship Entertainment” for the line’s incredible on-board productions and spaces. The 23-ship fleet features an array of world-class Broadway-style entertainment, family-friendly waterparks, ziplines, swimming pools, and age-specific Kids Clubs, providing dedicated areas for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. Guests can enjoy a Formula Racer simulator on board MSC Meraviglia or take a ride on ROBOTRON, the robotic arm swinging high above the ocean on MSC Seascape.

In the Private Island category, MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve was named the “Best Cruise Line Private Island” by readers. Founded on a strong commitment to the conservation of marine life, Ocean Cay  is a stunning island oasis in The Bahamas surrounded by a 64-square-mile stretch of protected waters. Ocean Cay was recently named a Mission Blue ‘Hope Spot’ thanks to the MSC Foundation’s extensive work toward restoring the destination and mitigating the impacts of climate change on the surrounding ecosystem.

Additionally, MSC Cruises was awarded “Best Shore Excursions” by the magazine for the brand’s extensive list of adventures available for guests to book. Offering a range of unique experiences from shipwreck snorkeling getaways to culinary tours and low environmental impact excursions known as Protectours, readers have named MSC Cruises a premiere cruise line for off-ship entertainment.  

A complete list of this year’s winners can be found in Porthole Cruise and Travel’s November/December 2023 issue.

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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.