Harwich cruise season boosted by arrival of the MSC Magnifica

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pa373-2130429112717110The new cruise season at Harwich International Port has been boosted by the maiden call of MSC Cruises’ the MSC Magnifica. The Magnifica is one of the first calls of what promises to be a busy 2013 season for Harwich International Port.

MSC vessels are a regular sight in Harwich Haven, although most of the time they are container ships heading for the Port of Felixstowe. MSC Cruises returned to the Essex port in 2012 with two calls of the MSC Lirica. The MSC Magnifica will return again in May, both times arriving from Newcastle and departing for St Peters Port.

Commenting on the call, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs at Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Harwich International Port, said: “Harwich has established itself as one of the major UK ports for cruise and ferry tourism. It enjoys excellent transport links to Cambridge and London, as well as convenient access to Constable Country and historic Harwich, giving an excellent range of trips for visitors. Harwich International Port has made significant investment in recent years and offers excellent passenger facilities and service, and it is testament to this that major cruise operators such as MSC Cruises choose to use us, and return to us, year after year.”

The Magnifica is the latest in the MSC Cruises ‘Musica-class’ luxury cruise ships and promises to be even more opulent and magnificent than its predecessors.

The ship offers its 2,800 passengers a true luxury experience with a choice of two restaurants, 17 bars/lounges, a 1,240 seat royal theatre, futuristic disco, casino, and three swimming pools.

The 2013 cruise season will be the busiest and longest yet at Harwich International Port, running from April through to December. With 57 cruise calls, 12 of which will be transit calls, the Essex port is ready and waiting to welcome passengers from across the globe.