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MSC & Formula 1 team up for Grand Prix hospitality experience

  • Cruises
  •   03-15-2023  10:32 am
  •   Pax Global Media

MSC & Formula 1 team up for Grand Prix hospitality experience
MSC Virtuosa will serve as a cruise ship hotel during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

As part of MSC Cruises' partnership with Formula 1, a unique and high-end Grand Prix hospitality offering has been unveiled, promising an unrivalled race weekend experience at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from Nov. 24-26.

The collaboration will take race weekend, providing a fully-integrated Grand Prix experience that will bring the trackside thrills of the final race of the season on board MSC Virtuosa, one of the line’s most modern and stylish cruise ships.

MSC Virtuosa will serve as a cruise ship hotel throughout the race weekend while docked in the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal. 

In 2022, MSC Cruises signed a multi-year deal to become a Formula 1 Global Partner and this new collaboration is a further enrichment of the partnership.

A range of different packages are available, combining accommodation, race tickets and exclusive insider access with F1 Experiences to make the race weekend truly unforgettable.

Whether fans are looking for elegant cabins or deluxe suites, they will find a host of accommodation levels available aboard MSC Virtuosa, all with half board (breakfast and an evening meal), complimentary Wi-Fi and transfers to and from the track.

Packages start with a cabin only option for those who already have race tickets or a cabin + Formula 1 Grandstand ticket option.

For diehard fans searching for the ultimate Formula 1 weekend, there is a choice of cabin + F1 Experience that include exclusive trackside activities, through to premium all-inclusive hospitality (Turn 1 Suite, Paddock Club and Legend), including exclusive insider access such as Pit Lane Walk, Guided Track Tour on a flatbed truck, Formula 1 personnel appearances, and more.

The Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal where MSC Virtuosa will be docked is a short drive from the circuit, allowing guests to get there and back with ease thanks to complimentary transfers. In addition, the city centre is very close by, making the ship a perfect base for the weekend. 

MSC Virtuosa will be in port from Nov. 23 to 27, allowing guests the opportunity to extend their race weekend.

And the thrills won’t stop when the fans leave the track, as the festive atmosphere continues aboard for guests with a specially designed program of themed activities, parties and entertainment, as well as a dedicated kids’ program.

“Through this exclusive hospitality offering we are bringing together the very best of two worlds - Formula 1 and MSC Cruises. By collaborating together, we are integrating the incredible atmosphere at the track with the incredible experience on board our ships to create an unrivalled and truly memorable race experience for fans of all ages," said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.

Sales for the packages opened March 15.

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