MSC Cruises Gets it Wright

MSC Cruises Gets it Wright

The Wright Venue in Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin, was the venue for a well attended MSC Cruises’ fun night for agents, in association with Amadeus, where great fun was had by all.


Hosting the event at The Wright Venue were Volker Lorenz, Amadeus; Rebecca Kelly, MSC Cruises; Olwen McKinney, Amadeus; and Lorenzo Diamantini, MSC Cruises

Rebecca Kelly, Business Development Manager – Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for MSC Cruises, made the presentation, having earlier welcomed the guests (each of whom received four €6.50 drink tokens), ably assisted by Olwen McKinney, Sales and Account Manager Executive, Amadeus, and with Lorenzo Diamantini, MSC’s Director of Sales – Ireland, and Volker Lorenz, Amadeus’s General Manager Ireland, in support.

“We are the kings of the Mediterranean,” Rebecca told her guests, when outlining MSC Cruises’ itineraries to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, and Ocean Voyages to the USA, South America and South Africa in 2013.

The MSC Preziosa will become the fourth Fantasia Class ship in the 13-ship fleet in March 2013, and the MSC Fantasia will then join the MSC Divinia – another Fantasia Class ship – for summer sailings out of Venice. The MSC Preziosa will sail in Greece and have 1,751 cabins and 18 decks. The vessel originally included a 120-ton seawater tank for six sharks, installed on the orders of Hannibal Gaddafi, but since the ship’s acquisition by MSC Cruises the shark tank has been removed!

Rebecca also highlighted the all-inclusive fly/cruise fares from €919pp and all-inclusive cruise-only fares from €569pp (when booked by 30th November), the fact that children aged 2-17 will still ‘cruise for free’ in 2013, and the 10% commission to be made by agents on pre-booked Allegrissimo beverage packages.

Six suppliers – MSC Cruises, Amadeus, One Stop Touring Shop, TravelCube, Ticket Master, and Globe Hotels – presented spot prizes, with Dominic Burke and Joselyn Burke of Travel Centres winning two of them!


Olwen McKinney, Amadeus; Alvaro Aravena, Turkish Airlines; Fredi Aravena, Airline Business; Rebecca Kelly, MSC Cruises; Tara Fitzgibbon, Club Travel; and David O’Hagan, Donabate Holidays


Andrea Dixon, Cassidy Travel, with Alison Larkin and Celine Bentley of Falcon Travel Shop


Michelle Webster and Gillian Lynch from Skytours


Ross Waters, Daniel McCluskey, Vasco Conceicao and David Dent from TourAmerica


Kate Keegan, Sinead Murphy, Natalie Hanley and Jennifer O’Neill from TourAmerica


Gina Smyth and Shirley Webster from Falcon with Andrea Dixon, Cassidy Travel


Rebecca and Olwen take a break


Amy Henderson and Sarah Kinsella of TourAmerica

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Collette Murphy, Falcon Travel Shop, and Roisin Carbery, Topflight, with Olwen McKinney

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Gill O’Sullivan and Ella Shirto, King Travel; Olwen McKinney, Amadeus; and Carmel Aylward, King Travel

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Jennifer O’Neill of TourAmerica receives her spot prize from Sharon Jordan of One Stop Touring Shop

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Ella Shirto of King Travel receives her spot prize from John McKibben of TravelCube


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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at

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