MSC Cruises, part of the MSC Group is the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, Cuba and the French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, China and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sir Bani Yas.
The MSC Cruises experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. Its fleet comprises 13 of the most modern ships at sea.
In 2014, MSC Cruises launched an investment plan to support the second phase of its growth through the order of two ships of the Meraviglia generation and two others of the Seaside generation (plus an option for a third) and in February 2016, confirmed the existing options to build a further two now Meraviglia Plus ships with an even greater capacity. In April 2016 this rose to €9 billion with the announcement of signing of the letter of intent to build a further four ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology. Consequently, between 2017 and 2026 a total of up to 11 new, next-generation MSC Cruises ships will come into service. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, spanning an horizon of over ten years, from 2014 through 2026. MSC Cruises’ current modern fleet is the result of a €6 billion investment programme started in 2003. Following the addition of Fantasia flagship MSC Preziosa in March 2013, the fleet currently comprises 12 ships, four of each different generation.
MSC Meraviglia (2017), the latest addition and flagship of the fleet and is the largest ship ever built by a European -based cruise company. She will be joined by MSC Bellissima (2019), the second ship in the Meraviglia Class, as well as two Meraviglia-Plus Class ships joining the fleet (respectively 2019 and 2020 respectively). In addition, MSC Seaside will launch in 2017 and will be joined by sistership MSC Seaview (2018) and a third ship in this class in 2021.
The four Fantasia class ships – MSC Preziosa (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009) and MSC Fantasia (2008) – are MSC Cruises’ largest vessels, each with a GRT of approximately 140,000 tonnes and measuring 333m in length and 38m in width. MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia both accommodate 4,363 travellers each, while MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa each accommodate 4,345 travellers.
Complementing them are the four vessels in the Musica Class – MSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) – each with a GRT of 90,000 tonnes and carrying just under 3,000 travellers each.
The fleet is completed by the Lirica Class – MSC Sinfonia (2005), MSC Armonia (2004), MSC Opera (2004) and MSC Lirica (2003) – each with a GRT of around 65,500 tonnes and carrying over 2,000 guests.