In the UK awards MSC was named “Best Cruise Line for Families” where Cruise Critic praised the entire MSC fleet for its continued dedication to the family experience expressing, “MSC Cruises has long been family friendly, with a well-established kids-go-free offer, but recently it has gone a stage further.” The cruising experts emphasized MSC’s impressive partnerships with LEGO and Chicco saying, “Both these partnerships have been retro-fitted in kids' clubs across the fleet, culminating in arguably the best kids' club at sea on MSC Meraviglia.”
Antonio Paradiso, MD of MSC Cruises for the UK & Ireland said ‘It’s a real honour to receive these awards from such an influential voice within the cruise industry and to be recognised in two areas that are key to our growth and development as a Company. At MSC Cruises family has always been a priority for us and we are delighted to have been recognised in this area fleet-wide. As a family company we understand the importance of ensuring that both parents and children have an unforgettable holiday at an affordable price. We are constantly evolving and enriching our family offering to ensure that we have the widest range of activities and facilities for children of all ages.’
Host to the largest cruise community in the world, Cruise Critic is an international authority in the industry, offering awards once a year. The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards are selected by Cruise Critic's international team of cruise experts, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories.
Highlighting the brand new MSC Meraviglia as “Best New Ship - UK”, the editors at Cruise Critic were especially impressed with the spectacular food, entertainment, service and accommodations offered aboard this elegant vessel. Namely, MSC Meraviglia was praised for “top-notch speciality restaurants” that include impressive partnerships with Eataly and celebrity chefs, exclusive shows by Cirque du Soleil at Sea, guest service “at the top level,” and new cabin types.
On MSC Meraviglia winning best new ship, the UK MD said ‘MSC Meraviglia is the first new ship in our expanding fleet and is one of the best sold ships this year in the UK, alongside our second new ship for 2017, and US award winner, MSC Seaside. MSC Meraviglia is the first of a new generation of purpose built connected ships. It has strong appeal for UK market, offering a huge variety in entertainment, dining, and onboard experiences that British passengers have come to expect from a cruise holiday. Through world class partnerships with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Lego we have been able to take the cruise experience to the next level and it’s great to be recognised for these innovations.’
A vacation aboard an MSC Cruises’ ship is an experience defined and distinguished by quality and excellence. Each ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet showcases an ultra-modern, elegant design, comfortable accommodations, authentic international cuisine, family-friendly options, and award-winning entertainment. This year, the Swiss-based cruise line has been celebrated specifically for its family offerings, and its two brand-new next generation ships.
Receiving one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., the newly-built and the Company’s new flagship MSC Seaside was named “Best New Ship,” which Cruise Critic recognized enthusiastically noting MSC Seaside is “destined to become one of the best Miami-based ships around.” They gave compliment to the South Beach inspired design, the open-air promenade and alfresco dining, the massive water and adventure park, and all 9 restaurants onboard – including the Asian Market Kitchen by chef Roy Yamaguchi.
Capping off these noteworthy awards, MSC Cruises received two awards in the 2017 Porthole Cruise Magazine, the nation’s leading cruise travel magazine, Reader’s Choice Awards, including “Best Social Media” and “Best Theme Cruise.” Most recently, Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards recognized MSC Cruises as the 4th best cruise line in the world, in the large cruise ship category. The award has over 300,000 readers submitting millions of ratings and thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports.
MSC Cruises is also a star performer in the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2018 guide, where four MSC Cruises’ ships were recognised in the top 10 large resort ships including MSC Divina, MSC Preziosa and the two new additions to the fleet in 2017, MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. In addition, seven of the 12 ships in the current fleet received a rating of 4 out of a possible 5+ stars, while MSC Preziosa receives a coveted 4+, which is awarded for “a high-quality cruise experience.”
To see a full list of the 2017 Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick awards, please visit HERE.