Emirates and MSC Cruises renew partnership

The partnership will see two more seasons of the cruise line and airline coordinating cruise and flight schedules to boost Dubai's cruise proposition.

Announced at Arabian Travel Market, the agreement confirms that fly-cruise packages will be available until 2026. 21 airports across Europe and South America to Dubai are included in the current offering.

MSC Cruises' CEO, Gianni Onorato, said the partnership is "a perfect match... guests will benefit from a streamlined journey from home to ship and dedicated support team for a stress-free start and end to their holiday."

Guests opting for the joint fly-cruise options are met at arrivals at Dubai Airport (DXB) with a dedicated bus transfer to their ship. On the return journey, they can drop their bags at the cruise terminal and collect them directly at their destination.

Shortly, flights from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and Washington will be included in the fly-cruise range.