Emirates renews partnership with MSC Cruises for 2 more seasons

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Emirates and MSC Cruises renew partnership
Officials during the signing ceremony | WAM

Emirates has renewed the partnership with MSC Cruises for another two seasons, cementing Dubai’s position as a major cruise hub.

The partnership builds on an existing 10-year relationship and will leverage the strengths of the airline and MSC Cruises to enhance the guest experience and support the growth of Dubai’s cruise tourism ecosystem.

According to the statement, “For the next two years, guests will be able to book a Fly&Cruise holiday package with MSC Cruises, which includes Emirates return flights from 21 airports across Europe and South America.”

The partnership between Emirates and MSC Cruises will continue to focus on joint promotional strategies such as Fly&Cruise, and marketing campaigns in key markets to boost Dubai’s appeal as a cruise destination. The airline and MSC Cruises will also focus on sharing relevant data and insights to improve service delivery, in addition to coordination on flight and cruise schedules and facilitating a smooth check-in process at Port Rashid.

Benefits of the Fly&Cruise packages include being met at arrivals with a dedicated bus transfer to the ship. On return, guests can drop their bags in the cruise terminal, and collect them directly once they arrive at their destination.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Executive Vice President for Passenger Sales and Country Management, said that, “We’re eager to continue our partnership with MSC Cruises who have been an integral part of Dubai’s growing cruise tourism industry. We’re confident that we have the right plans in place, as we work closely to deliver a seamless sea-to-air experience for our customers. Our partnership with MSC Cruises is also one of the ways we’re working to strengthen Dubai’s position as the world’s preferred winter cruising destination.”

“We are delighted to further extend our partnership with Emirates for MSC Euribia Fly&Cruise packages from Dubai this winter season. Both Emirates and MSC Cruises are recognized as leaders in their fields, so it’s a perfect match to offer Emirates’ high-quality flight service with the outstanding experience waiting for guests on board our ship. Guests will benefit from a streamlined journey from home to ship and a dedicated support team for a stress-free start and end to their holiday,” commented Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.

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