MSC Cruises is launching a unique diet-themed cruise in January next year with one of the most famous nutritionists in the world, French diet specialist Dr Pierre Dukan, to give guests the rare opportunity to shed kilos, tone up and tan during a mid-winter holiday in the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean.

Losing weight naturally is key to the internationally famous Dukan Diet Method, so it’s not surprising that the 11-night cruise created especially for French speaking guests aboard the flagship MSC Fantasia is all about having fun, enjoying great food and being exposed to the ship’s extensive state-of-the-art physical fitness facilities.

Even the shore excursions and walking tours of the famous cities where MSC Fantasia calls during the cruise will form an integral part of the scientifically structured diet programme.

And the highlight of the cruise will be the chance to meet Dr Pierre Dukan himself at a private onboard party. A nutritionist and specialist in food behavior for over 30 years, his 19 books including the French best seller “I don’t know how to lose weight” (The Dukan Diet book) have sold 2.5 million copies and brought him over 20 million followers worldwide.

A team of expert nutritionists, dieticians and a specialist physician trained in the Dukan Method will be onboard to give professional advice and care throughout the cruise which departs Genoa, Italy, on 30 January and returns on 10 February.

Guests will receive a Diet Kit and undergo a personal health assessment at the start of the cruise before being advised on individual diet and sports training programmes. They will also be invited to daily workshops on procedures and technical aspects of losing weight, culinary demonstrations, cooking lessons and themed conferences.

Dr. Dukan says he has strived to develop a method that allows him to have fun while dieting because he himself has always fought against being overweight.

“This method works because you can eat as much as you like from a list of 100 different foods as long as you follow the mentoring and monitoring of my team of experts,” says Dukan.

The partnership with Dr Pierre Dukan illustrates the company’s commitment to continually find new theme cruise options that meet the expectations of passengers.

“Mealtimes are one of the most luxurious features of cruise holidays. It is a time to relax and effortlessly enjoy an array of the finest gourmet gastronomy the world has to offer and Dr Dukan will be able to illustrate how our superb menus can be incorporated as part of a healthy and balanced diet programme,” said Erminio Eschena, General Director of MSC Cruises France, Belgium and Luxembourg.