The ship was planned to berth in Bergen, Norway, but forecasts of extreme weather conditions made the shipping company nervous for being stuck and thereby delayed for their turnaround harbour in Kiel. Tuesday night, the shipping company contacted their Danish agents SDK Cruise, who were asked to look into the possibility to arrange the vessel to come to Fredericia, and at the same time secure that all the necessary formalities were in order, for a call of this large scale.
Through quick handling by the contact person from SDK Cruise and a good dialogue with Cruise Manager Line Tange from ADP, local authorities such as the Police and the Danish Immigration Office, SDK Cruise was able to confirm the call of MSC Preziosa already by Wednesday.
The agreement and confirmation from MSC made Visit Fredericia and local tour operators busy arranging various trips for the ship’s passengers.
“It is truly a recognition of Fredericia as a cruise destination as well as our intensive sales activities towards MSC Cruises, that we have been able to attract one of the largest vessels to the city”, says Cruise Manager for ADP Line Tange.
“As agents for MSC Cruises, it is with great satisfaction that we have been able to clear everything on such short notice for a call of around 4,900 persons, – this requires a great network”, says Director of Operations SDK, Henning Schou.
The vessel joined the MSC fleet in 2013, and has a capacity of 4,345 passengers and 1,388 crew.