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06 August 2019 | in Summer FISU World University Games

Floating athlete village a unique experience not only for athletes

NAPOLI - Forming the hub and the heart of the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade, the floating athletes’ villages have left the city harbour and set off onto the Mediterranean Sea.


After having housed 4,000 athletes and delegates of the 30th Summer Universiade, the MSC Lirica and Costa Victoria cruise ships left more than memories not only in the hearts of the athletes and coaches.


Italy MSC Crociere Country Manager Leonardo Massa expressed his satisfaction on the Universiade  floating village experience.


“MSC allowed athletes to appreciate the extraordinary ‘Made in Italy’ hospitality offered on our ships —with a Neapolitan twist. The last aspect was a big source of pride for us as MSC originated in this city, so being able to contribute to the success of an event that highlighted the potential of Naples was a great joy for us.


“We put our passion for the sea and hospitality, creating a relaxing and cheerful atmosphere, in addition to offering high-level services. The great satisfaction of our guests was our reward.


“We hope Napoli will soon host other events such as this, able to emphasise our beauties as well as the extraordinary organisational skills proven.”


Mario Alovisi, Vice President Revenue Management, Itinerary & Transportation of Costa Crociere, expressed his pride in contributing to the Universiade: “It has been an honour for us to actively participate in this beautiful event.

 The Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade floating athletes' village coming together in the Stazione Marittima Napoli

During the over two weeks on board of our cruise ship, we prepared more than 144,000 meals, offering the typical Italian hospitality to about 1,900 athletes and officials from 38 delegations.


“It has been an important task for our company, but we are satisfied with the results achieved and with the victories of the athletes we hosted and everybody else’s.”


Now Costa Victoria is back sailing the Mediterranean Sea, but the whole crew and people involved in the event will keep the memories of this unique and unforgettable experience which, I am sure, they shared with our guests.”