Stay aboard a docked cruise ship while you attend a Formula 1 race nearby, and get perks both aboard ship and at the race.
This includes exclusive insider access like the Pit Lane Walk, a Guided Track Tour on a flatbed truck, Formula 1 personnel appearances, Grandstand tickets and more.
The combo is being offered by MSC Cruises, for the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Nov. 24-26, 2023, with a range of packages for accommodations and the race – which is the 2023 season final.
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The MSC Virtuosa will be in port in Abu Dhabi Nov. 23-27, giving guests the opportunity to extend the race experience before and after the race.
On board, there’s breakfast and evening meals, complimentary Wi-Fi, and transportation to and from the track regardless of the package chosen.
MSC Virtuosa’s docking location at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Port is just a short drive from the race circuit at Yas Marina.
The city center is also close by, making the ship a perfect base as a floating hotel for the long weekend.
Activities on board include F1 themed activities, parties and entertainment, along with a dedicated children’s program.
The MSC Virtuosa features two theatres, a shopping mall and Mediterranean-style promenade, a luxurious spa and fully equipped gym, five swimming pools, an interactive waterpark, extensive kids areas and multiple restaurants and bars.
The ship can carry up to 6,334 passengers, and is one of the most environmentally-advanced ships in the MSC Cruises fleet.
In 2022, MSC Cruises signed a multi-year deal to become a Formula 1 global partner.
The 2023 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the first examples of that partnership.
Formula 1 will be held in Abu Dhabi through 2030.
For more information ,visit www.msccruisesusa.com.
“Through this exclusive hospitality offering we are bringing together the very best of two worlds–Formula 1 and MSC Cruises,’ said Gianni Onorato, CEO of 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.”
Stefano Domenicali, president & CEO of Formula 1, said his group is delighted to join forces with MSC Cruises and bring fans a unique and unparalleled hospitality experience during the season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“With luxurious accommodations, exclusive insider access, and the convenience of all-in-one race packages, we’re confident that this partnership will make the race weekend truly unforgettable,” he said.
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