Emirates Renew Partnership With MSC Cruises For Two More Years

MSC and Emirates. Dubai, UAE, 08 May 2024 - Emirates and MSC Cruises signing and have solidified their partnership for an additional two seasons, further establishing Dubai as a hub for cruise travel.
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Emirates and MSC Cruises have solidified their partnership for an additional two seasons, further establishing Dubai as a hub for cruise travel.

The renewal was announced during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, UAE, emphasizing the continuation of a decade-long collaboration. This renewed alliance aims to capitalize on the strengths of both Emirates and MSC Cruises to elevate guest experiences and bolster Dubai’s cruise tourism ecosystem.

Over the next two years, travelers can access Fly&Cruise holiday packages with MSC Cruises, inclusive of Emirates return flights originating from 21 airports across Europe and South America.

Nabil Sultan, Executive Vice President for Passenger Sales and Country Management at Emirates, expressed enthusiasm for extending the partnership, highlighting MSC Cruises’ integral role in Dubai’s burgeoning cruise tourism. Sultan affirmed their commitment to providing seamless sea-to-air experiences, further enhancing Dubai’s status as a premier winter cruising destination.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, echoed Sultan’s sentiments, expressing delight in extending the partnership and offering MSC Euribia Fly&Cruise packages from Dubai for the upcoming winter season. Onorato emphasized the synergy between Emirates’ top-tier flight services and MSC Cruises’ exceptional onboard experiences, promising guests a hassle-free journey from home to ship.

The collaborative efforts between Emirates and MSC Cruises will focus on joint promotional initiatives like Fly&Cruise packages and targeted marketing campaigns to amplify Dubai’s allure as a cruise destination. Additionally, both entities will exchange insights to optimize service delivery, synchronize flight and cruise schedules, and streamline the check-in process at Port Rashid.

Fly&Cruise packages come replete with conveniences such as dedicated bus transfers from arrivals to the ship and seamless luggage handling at the cruise terminal. Leveraging Emirates’ expansive global network, MSC Fly&Cruise packages featuring Emirates flights are accessible from various European cities and São Paulo.

Dedicated Emirates check-in counters at Port Rashid further enhance passenger convenience, enabling smooth transitions from cruise disembarkation to flight boarding.

Soon, American cruise enthusiasts will have the option to book Emirates flights through MSC Cruises from select U.S. cities, expanding accessibility and convenience.

For the winter 2024/25 season, MSC Euribia, MSC Cruises’ flagship, will embark on 7-night itineraries from Dubai, encompassing destinations like Doha, Manama, Abu Dhabi, and Sir Bani Yas Island, offering unparalleled natural beauty and wildlife.

ABOUT MSC EURIBIA: Featuring an array of dining options and entertainment venues, MSC Euribia promises a memorable experience for guests. With 10 dining venues, including specialty restaurants like Le Grill and Kaito Sushi & Robatayaki, and 21 bars and lounges, the ship caters to diverse preferences. Its Ocean Cay AquaPark, boasting three water slides, is a highlight for thrill-seekers, while families can indulge in 700 sqm of dedicated kids’ space.


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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