MSC Cruises’ 13 ships boast a host of cutting-edge innovations and the latest technologies, and its global fleet is one of the youngest at sea. The fleet was born of a €6bn investment programme launched in 2003 and after successful completion of the first investment phase, the Company launched a second phase investment plan for another 11 ships. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of such length and magnitude, spanning an horizon of over ten years, from 2014 through 2026.
By 2026, MSC Cruises fleet is set to comprise 23 ships. A number of ships are currently under construction and coming into service soon: MSC Seaside (2017) and MSC Seaview (2018), two ships within the new Seaside class, and MSC Bellissima (2019), a ship in the Meraviglia class.
The 13 current ships across our four classes of ship include:
MSC Meraviglia (2017) is the Company’s newest flagship and the first one in the Meraviglia Class. With 171,598 GRT, she is the biggest mega cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the largest to come into service in 2017.
The four Fantasia Class ships – MSC Preziosa (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009) and MSC Fantasia (2008) – are large-size and modern ships, at approximately 140,000 GRT, 333m in length and 38m in beam. MSC Preziosa – ranked among the five best cruise ships in the world – and MSC Divina can accommodate 4,345 travellers, while MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia each carry 4,363 travellers.
The Musica Class ships MSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) carry around 3,200 travellers each.
The fleet is completed by the Lirica Class ships – MSC Sinfonia (2005), MSC Armonia (2004), MSC Opera (2004) and MSC Lirica (2003) – each with a gross tonnage of 65,000 GRT and carrying around 2,000 travellers.
MSC Cruises is the cruise line with the highest number of cruise ships on order and in addition to the ships currently under construction, the Company is planning to build another two Meraviglia-Plus ships, a third Seaside class ship and lastly, four World class ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology.