Born in the town of Loffenau in the lush hills of Germany’s Black Forest, Harald cultivated a love of natural produce on his grandparents’ farm that continues to inspire his creativity today. Wielding classic techniques with modern creative flair he aims to “create a perfect starting position for a succession of taste experiences to unfold in every dish” using sauces “like a painter uses paint”.
Following an apprenticeship at some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany and France, Harald became the Executive Chef of the “Schwarzwaldstube” in Baiersbronn at the age of just 24, taking it to become a 3 Michelin Star restaurant by 1992 and repeating that achievement for 25 consecutive years. That’s a record still unmatched in Germany and almost anywhere else worldwide.
From Stellar Awards To The Stars
Wohlfahrt’s mastery has won massive international recognition. From Michelin stars to New York Times’ Top Ten Chefs in the World, Gault et Millau 19.5 out of 20, Feinschmecker 5 out of 5, Schlemmer Atlas 5 out of 5 and 1st in the Hornstein Ranking. Equally stellar, the European Space Agency commissioned Wohlfahrt to develop meals that revitalise the astronauts on the International Space Station.
Harald Wohlfahrt brings his signature creativity with terroir, texture and sublime sauces to MSC Cruises’ Northern Europe voyages with two special main course creations for our Gala Menu, together with a unique complete menu and array of amuse-bouche delicacies for MSC Yacht Club. Experience the genius behind Germany’s fine dining revolution.
For every new ship class that we develop, we completely revise the design to achieve optimal efficiency. We rethink the ship’s overall structure, deck space, weight distribution including the ship’s hull, rudder and bulbous bow to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.
Reducing air pollution We have installed hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on 14 of our cruise ships which reduce SOx emissions by 98%, and Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems on 3 ships, which reduces NOx by up to 90%.
Underwater radiated noise
Hull and propellers are designed, built and installed to minimise noise or vibration that might impact aquatic mammals.
Wastewater treatment systems
Our fleet is in full compliance with wastewater discharge rules and, in 11 of our ships, advanced systems deliver treated water near to tap water standard.
Our new ships are capable of providing all onboard freshwater needs from seawater.
Waste is compacted, separated or incinerated, and residual waste is carefully delivered to dedicated port reception facilities for recycling or disposal.
New fuel types
In 2022, we will launch our first LNG-powered ship. LNG largely eliminates sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions and particulate matter in the exhaust, reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85%, and CO2 by up to 25%.
On new ships’ lighting is provided by energy-efficient LED and our heating, ventilation and air conditioning system self-adjusts to the weather and the number of passengers onboard.
Shore power capability
7 of our ships are now able to connect to shore power, potentially enabling the onboard engines to be switched off whilst in berth
Digitalisation is allowing us to anticipate and address inefficiencies in systems and equipment, and provide the crew with specific guidance for performance improvements.
Heat recovery systems allow the intelligent redistribution of heat and cold where needed throughout the ship.
A software application monitors the ship’s stability to support the deck officers in optimising the vessel’s trim – and therefore reducing fuel consumption.
Our ship hulls are coated with hi-tech paints that slow the growth of marine organisms, thereby reducing drag and improving energy efficiency.
Ballast water treatment system
All ballast water is filtered and UV treated before being discharged at sea to ensure that it does not contain harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens.