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MSC Cruises and VISET to sign a 5-year agreement

News Release

15 November 2010

MSC Cruises and VISET Malta plc are to sign a five year agreement next November 18th, 2010.

Following several years of unprecedented growth, MSC Cruises is the cruise industry market leader in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil. The 11 ships comprising its ultra-modern fleet carry 1.2 million passengers. MSC Cruises has a longstanding strong relation with the Island of Malta and has been calling in Malta since 2002.

VISET Malta plc is the cruise terminal operator in the port of Valletta.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr Anton Micallef, Chairman of VISET said "MSC Cruises has always been viewed by VISET as a partner and not as a client. Our relationship is solid and continuous. This five year agreement is a consolidation of the current excellent business relationship".

The Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, Mr Pier Francesco Vago said: "MSC Cruises considers VISET Malta a reliable and dynamic partner. We praise the efforts that have been made to keep the port's infrastructures and the waterfront suitable for our new generation vessels and we truly appreciate the outstanding hospitality our guests receive when disembarking. This agreement is the symbol of our loyalty towards Malta and will enable five of our ships to reach 34 calls at La Valletta in 2011, with an overall passenger movement of 150,000 cruisers."

 

 

MSC Cruises is the world's leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South African and Brazilian markets and operates across the globe. Its modern fleet comprises eleven ships: MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia (the largest ships ever built for a European ship owner), MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. MSC Magnifica, the newest ship in the fleet, was launched in March 2010. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North America and Canada, South America, the Indian Ocean and South and West Africa. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both onshore and onboard. MSC Cruises cares about the welfare of children, and as a responsible market leader believes in making a positive impact in the regions where it operates. To this end, the company recently forged a partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education.

Hamilton Travel Co. Ltd. are MSC Cruises exclusive General Sales Agents in the Maltese islands.

 


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