MSC Armonia
Photo By: MSC Cruises

The newly stretched MSC Armonia has set sail on its inaugural cruise months after first entering the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

MSC Armonia is the first ship to get the Renaissance Programme upgrade and has been a great success. As Cruise Hive previously reported on, the ship had spent 10 weeks at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy. The huge upgrade started on August 31st 2014.

Take a look at some of the new cabins and spaces after the MSC Armonia Renaissance upgrade:

The refreshed ship with its new added block set sail from Genoa on November 19th. The ship is sailing a 10-day inaugural cruise from the Italian port. Before it departed hundreds of journalists and travel industry representatives checked out all the new features the Armonia has to offer.

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato says, “I’m very proud of what we and our partners at Fincantieri have achieved with MSC Armonia. Not only is she smarter and more spacious, but we have given her a new lease of life that will appeal to experienced cruise travellers and first-timers in equal measure. This is why we call her ‘the ship that suits you’.”

The €200m Renaissance Programme is the first step in a €5bn fleet enlargement plan, which includes four brand new ships, comprising two different, state-of-the-art prototypes, to be delivered by STX France and Fincantieri, in Italy, between 2017 and 2019, with options for three more by 2022.

Some of the new onboard features on offer is the cruise lines very first dedicated childrens space for LEGO, new dedicated clubs for younger guests of all ages, stunning new outdoor Spray Park – a fun-filled wet zone with interactive jets, slides and ingenious water features. The ship also has more spaces and 94 cabins thanks to its added block in the middle.

We posted an article not long ago about cruise lines helping to grow the cruise industry and MSC really are leading the way. The cruise industry has lots look forward to with new class ships and upgrade programmes.

After her inaugural cruise, the renewed MSC Armonia will be deployed for a winter season of seven-night cruises to must-see destinations en route to the Canary Islands and Morocco.