MSC Cruises Receives ‘Best Big-Ship Luxury Enclave,’ ‘Best Kept Secret’ Honors in 2009 Cruise Critic Awards

MSC Cruises received “Best Big-Ship Luxury Enclave for MSC Yacht Club” and “Best Kept Secret,” honors in the 2009 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. The awards honor the world’s top cruise lines and highlight the best of the best in cruising.

MSC Yacht Club is like a “ship within a ship,” with dedicated VIP areas available onboard the MSC Fantasiaand MSC Splendida. The MSC Yacht Club allows guests to experience the best of both worlds –personalized service and a private, intimate space while also enjoying the full benefits of all the magnificent vessel has to offer.

“Cruise lines continue to maintain exceptional standards and provide a fantastic vacation experience for travelers,” said editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown. “Cruise lines should be justifiably proud of their staff, crew, partners and agencies that have made such achievement possible.”

The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards evaluate cruise lines and ships according to who they cater to and compares like-for-like. Categories reflect the range of cruises and ships available to travelers — from fun-packed family ships, to more serene luxury vessels — and aims to provide a useful guide to the best ships for each type of cruiser and style of cruise.

Richard E. Sasso, president and chief-executive-officer for MSC Cruises in the U.S. and Canada, said, “MSC Cruises strives for excellence in providing quality guest experiences. This recognition by Cruise Critic with two Editors’ Pick awards for MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasiafurther enhances our reputation as a top-notch cruise line with amenities and accommodations for a variety of guests.”

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