MSC Cruises’ 16 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 worth €13.6bn that will see the fleet expand to 29 cruise ships by 2027. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of such length and magnitude.
The 16 current ships across our four classes of ship include:
MSC Seaside (2017) and MSC Seaview (2018) rewrite the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect guests with the sea like never before. At 153,516 GT and with a guest capacity of 5,119, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview are the latest ships to join MSC Cruises' fleet. Two additional Seaside EVO ships, presenting an evolution of the platform and capacity of 5.646 guests will be delivered in 2021 and 2023, completing MSC Cruises' Seaside Class.
MSC Meraviglia (2017) and MSC Bellissima (2019) are the first two Meraviglia Class ships. With 171,598 GT, they are the biggest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner. MSC Grandiosa, the first of two Meraviglia-Plus ships will come into service in November 2019. MSC Virtuosa will be completed in 2020. A fifth, LNG-powered Meraviglia Class vessel will be delivered in 2023.
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 guests, while MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia each carry 4,363 guests.
The Musica Class ships MSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) carry around 3,200 guests 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 65,000 GRTs and carrying around 2,000 guests.
MSC Cruises is the cruise line with the highest passenger capacity on order. An additional ten cruise ships are due to join its’ fleet by 2026. In addition to the upcoming four Meraviglia and two Seaside ships, these will include four World Class vessels. With 205,000 GT and capacity for 6,761 guests, this new class of cruise ships will bring a new generation of LNG-powered engines that will strongly minimise their environmental footprint.