MSC Receives High Ratings from the 2010 “Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 24, 2010) – MSC Cruises received high ratings in the latest 25th anniversary edition of the internationally acclaimed Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise ships by world shipping guru, Douglas Ward.

Ten of MSC Cruises’ luxury cruise liners were rated; nine in the “large resort ship” category received an excellent rating, and one vessel was rated in the “mid-size ship” category as above-average. MSC Magnifica, the newest addition to the fleet, should be rated soon.

MSC Cruises’ ships were recognized as the “cleanest” of all major cruise liners and obtained accolades for its recycling efforts. The food review section compliments MSC Cruises for the introduction of the Italian “slow food” concept, specialty restaurants on its newest ships and for providing better-quality ingredients than some other major cruise lines.

“Aboard the newest ships, MSC Cruises has introduced the Italian ‘slow food’ concept… Refreshingly, the company spotlights regional Italian cuisine and wine…All pizza dough is made on board, not brought from ashore, while risotto (featured daily) has become a signature item for MSC Cruises and something the ships make really well,” writes Ward.

Aurea Spa on MSC Fantasia made the list as one of the 10 excellent shipboard spas in the world. Mention for the Italian influences evident in the interior décor and the high quality, fit and finish of materials used, was also noteworthy.

Considered to be one of the most authoritative books on cruising in the travel industry, the 2010 edition of the “Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships” reviews 271 ships representing some 75 ocean-going cruise line operators.

Best known for its cruise ship rating system, scoring for the Berlitz guide is assessed on the basis of a possible 500 points for Ship, 400 each for Food, Service and Cruise, 200 for Accommodation and 100 for Entertainment, for a total of 2,000 points or a top rating of five. Ward is described as the “most feared critic in the business” having spent over 5,000 days at sea on more than 900 cruises.

He lists MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica, MSC Opera, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia, and MSC Splendida as “the best ships of the MSC fleet for children.”According to Ward, “MSC Cruises’ ships are really suited to adult couples and singles, and families with children…The company has evolved quickly as the “new kid on the block and of all the major cruise liners, it’s also the cleanest.MSC Cruises’ fleet scored the following:

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