Eduardo Cabrita, general director of MSC Cruises Portugal, was interviewed to discuss the plan.
What is the relevance of this new MSC Seaside ship in the MSC fleet?
MSC Seaside represented an investment of €950 million from MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company). This ship will be in the Caribbean in the first three seasons: winter of 2017, between December and the end of March. It will be there in the summer of 2018, between March and October, and also in the winter of 2018/2019, between the end of November and March 2019.
So, will we hardly see the MSC Seaside in national ports, besides the scheduled stopover in Funchal for next Sunday?
Yes, at this time we do not know when MSC Seaside will again visit domestic ports. But its twin brother, the MSC Seaview, which is to be built and due to come on stream in June 2018, will cross the western Mediterranean seas, so there will be more chances of docking in Lisbon and other ports.
Is the MSC Seaside coming to the port of Funchal an episodic thing or is it part of a systematic MSC strategy for the national market?
Of course MSC Cruises Portugal has a strategy for the national market, otherwise it did not make sense to exist. This year, MSC will return to cruises from Funchal, after a gap of three years. There are two cruises planned for the MSC Orchestra, scheduled for 7 and 19 October, for a total of 12 nights, with the Funchal, Málaga route. Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Casablanca, Sante Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), returning again to Funchal.
Source: Jornal Economico
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