MSC Cruises partners with Formula 1® for a unique hospitality experience
Sales begin today for a range of packages and experiences aboard MSC Virtuosa during the FORMULA 1® ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2023
MSC Cruises today expanded its global partnership with Formula 1® by unveiling a unique and premium Grand Prix hospitality offering, promising an unparalleled race weekend experience this year FORMULA 1® ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX will take place from 24th to 26th November 2023.
The modern and glamorous MSC Virtuosa will be docked at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal throughout the race weekend, serving as a cruise ship hotel with stylish accommodation and a fully integrated Grand Prix experience to transfer the thrill of the final race of the season to the ship. A range of packages available combine accommodation, race tickets and exclusive insider access with F1® experiences to make the race weekend unforgettable. The sale for the packages is now open and can be booked here.
Packages include cabin-only options for those who already have race tickets, as well as cabin and Formula 1® grandstand ticket options.
Fans looking for the ultimate Formula 1® weekend can choose the Cabin + F1® experience. These include exclusive trackside activities, access to premium all-inclusive hospitality (Turn 1 Suite, Paddock Club and Legend), exclusive insider access such as the Pit Lane Walk and a guided track tour on a flatbed truck, Formula 1® performances -staff and more.
Guests enjoy breakfast and dinner, free Wi-Fi, and transportation to and from the track—regardless of their chosen package. The MSC Virtuosa berth at The Abu Dhabi Cruise is a short drive from the circuit, allowing guests to get there and back with ease.
The MSC Virtuosa will be in port from November 23-27 for guests to enhance their racing experience. The city center is also nearby, making the ship a perfect starting point for the long weekend.
The thrills don’t stop when fans leave the track, while the festive atmosphere continues for guests on board with themed activities, parties and entertainment, as well as a special children’s program.
On board the floating hotel, guests will enjoy an incredible variety of amenities, including restaurants and bars, two theatres, a Mediterranean-style shopping center and promenade, a luxurious spa and a fully equipped gym, five swimming pools, an interactive water park and extensive children’s areas and much more.
In 2022, MSC Cruises signed a multi-year deal to become a global partner of Formula 1®. This new collaboration enriches the partnership the organizations have established to drive change through their shared passion for excellence, sustainability and global entertainment.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, comments, “Through this exclusive hospitality offer, we are bringing together the best of two worlds – Formula 1® and MSC Cruises. By working together, we will integrate the incredible atmosphere at the track with the incredible experience onboard our ships to create an unparalleled and truly unforgettable racing experience for fans of all ages.”
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “We are delighted to be working with MSC Cruises to offer fans a unique and unrivaled hospitality experience at the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With luxury accommodation, exclusive insider access and the convenience of all-in-one racing packages, we’re confident this partnership will make the race weekend truly memorable.”
About the MSC Virtuosa
Capable of carrying up to 6,334 passengers, MSC Virtuosa is designed to offer a dynamic and immersive guest experience with innovative features and facilities. She is also one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the MSC Cruises fleet.
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