MSC Cruises and Etihad Airways transport European guests


MSC Cruises and Etihad Airways have announced a new partnership agreement that will benefit MSC Cruises’ guests.


The partnership with Etihad Airways reflects MSC Cruises’ long-standing commitment to its guests and is testament to the Company’s wish to always make its all-around offering a best-in-class experience, both at sea and in the air – with “Fly&Cruise” packages available across Europe with Etihad Airways or partner airlines within its network.


“We are delighted to partner with Etihad Airways. Both companies are uniquely young, ambitious and dynamic market leaders. With our “Fly&Cruise” packages, MSC Cruises guests will benefit from Etihad Airways’ and our Company’s impeccable service from the minute they leave their homes for a memorable cruise experience on MSC Musica,” outlined Gianni Onorato, CEO at MSC Cruises.


MSC Musica is also scheduled to embark on her Grand Voyage to Dubai in November 2015 and will call in at Limassol, Cyprus during this cruise.


“Our partnership with MSC Cruises, as well as Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, for “Fly&Cruise” will expand source markets for cruises in the UAE and regionally, bringing in more travellers from destinations across Europe. It will also ensure a comfortable travel experience for guests at all stages of their holiday, including their time in the air and on the sea,” added James Hogan, president at Etihad Airways.


Under the terms of the agreement, MSC Cruises’ guests will be able to fly to Abu Dhabi from Europe with Etihad Airways to their cruise during winter 2015-2016 on MSC Musica.


From December 13, 2015 to March 27, 2016, MSC Musica will also sail 16 seven-night cruises in the region from Abu Dhabi, calling at Khor al Fakkan, Muscat, Khasab and Dubai.


MSC Cruises has already partnered with multiple global brands such as the Lego Group and Chicco which are rooted in the Company’s commitment to creating unforgettable holidays for children and families. A partnership with restaurant brand Eataly adds high-end Italian cuisine based on exceptional ingredients to the fleet’s rich dining offering, while Samsung and Expo 2015 – of which MSC Cruises is the Official Cruise Carrier – echo the Company’s focus on technological innovation.