Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016
MSC Cruises, the Geneva-based global cruise line – number one in Europe, South America and South Africa – docked four of its ships together last night at the world-famous Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, giving more than 12,000 guests aboard an unimpeded front-row view of the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve firework display.
Guests on MSC Splendida, MSC Poesia, MSC Lirica and MSC Armonia were treated to a privileged view of the magnificent 16-minute firework display from the four ships’ spacious exterior decks and thousands of balcony cabins. According to Brazilian tourism officials, this New Year’s Eve more than 24 tons of fireworks were launched from 11 ferries moored off the beach. In addition, MSC Cruises guests enjoyed special New Year’s Eve dinners and an exciting night of partying and fun, before a delicious New Year’s Day breakfast in the morning.
As the number one cruise line in the burgeoning South American market, MSC Cruises offers the most comprehensive range of seasonal itineraries from Santos and Rio de Janeiro to the choicest destinations in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The simultaneous arrival in Rio de Janeiro of four MSC Cruises ships MSC Cruises fleet further underscores that leadership, as well as the Company’s unrivalled offering of South American itinerary choices.
On her inaugural South American sailing, the 4,363-guest MSC Splendida arrived from Santos to Salvador, in Bahia, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. Before reaching Copacabana yesterday, her guests had enjoyed a visit to Buzios, one Rio’s prime spots for getting in touch with nature, while her last port of call on the seven-night cruise is Ilha Grande, before returning to Santos.
The fully-renewed Renaissance Programme ship MSC Lirica had sailed from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, then on to Cabo Frio, before returning to Copacabana for the end-of-year celebrations. The ship’s final call is Ubatuba, one of Sao Paulo’s most famous beaches.
MSC Lirica’s sister ship, MSC Armonia, the first MSC Cruises ship to undergo four-ships Euro 200 million the Renaissance optimization project, left Santos on 29 December heading for Porto Belo, in Santa Catarina State. After New Year’s Eve in Rio, she sailed on to Ilhabela, one of Brazil’s most beautiful tropical islands and a scuba and free diving hotspot. Buzios and Ilha Grande will be the last calls on her six-night cruise.
The beautiful 3,223-guest MSC Poesia had arrived from Buenos Aires, bringing mainly Argentinian guests to enjoy not only Copacabana’s unique pyrotechnics, but also Ilha Grande and Ilhabela, as well as romantic Punta del Este, in Uruguay.