MSC guests will be able to join exclusive Air France flights (Image: Claire-Lise Havet)
MSC Cruises and Air France have signed a new ‘Fly&Cruise’ agreement to offer two weekly flights dedicated exclusively to MSC Cruises guests between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in France and Havana in Cuba.
An Air France Airbus A340 will provide 36 flights between 30 October 2016 and 25 March 2017, taking 10,450 MSC guests to Cuba. A total of 19 flights will take guests directly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Havana, while 17 flights will depart from the French regions as a continuation of Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This will offer French travellers easy access to MSC’s Caribbean itineraries.
“Air France provides the outstanding level of service that our guests expect in connection with a MSC Cruises holiday,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “Additionally, the airline’s extensive network will give more of our French guests the opportunity to experience the culture and other delights that Cuba and the Caribbean has to offer.”
MSC offers a wide range of ‘Fly&Cruise’ packages, enabling guests to travel in one of Air France’s three cabins, Business, Premium Economy or Economy. Each traveller will be able to check in two pieces of checked baggage and also take two cabin bags, as well as earn miles via Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty programme.
Baggage checked in at the airport will be delivered directly to the guess’ cabins onboard their ship. The packages also include transfers to and from the airport.
"In addition to the two daily flights to Havana operated by Air France next winter, we have come up with a tailor-made offering together with MSC Cruises, with two dedicated transatlantic flights every week and customised services for cruise passengers,” said Patrick Alexandre, executive vice president of Commercial-Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM. “We want Air France flights to be part of their memories of an unforgettable holiday and are proud to be strengthening our cooperation with MSC Cruises every year."
Both MSC Armonia and MSC Opera will homeport in Havana this year.
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