Starting the New Year off with a bang. We are excited to announce the due date of the first of our three Meraviglia Plus Generation ships: MSC Grandiosa. At the ship’s Float Out ceremony at France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire on 5 January, we confirmed that MSC Grandiosa will enter into service on 31 October 2019 at the German port of Hamburg. From there, the ship will embark on its inaugural voyage to Genoa, taking in the vibrant cities of Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona, Spaingiorn before beginning regular sailings from Genoa in November 2019.
A historic maritime tradition
Taking place six months after the legendary Coin Ceremony, MSC Grandiosa successfully took its first dip in Mediterranean waters during its Float Out ceremony last month. A cruise ship’s Float Out marks the first time a vessel is touched by water; the occasion is a historic maritime tradition and is an important moment in the construction of a ship. The ship has now been moved to a wet dock, where work on the ship will continue until her delivery in October.
A first-class on-board experience
Excited? There is more! MSC Grandiosa will also feature an array of cutting-edge design features such as an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the ground-breaking feature unique to Meraviglia generation ships that serves as the social hub of the ship. MSC Grandiosa will be the second of our ships, following MSC Bellissima, to feature Zoe, the industry’s first digital cruise personal assistant who is on hand to help you plan your time with us; no more paper schedules for you! What’s more, as with the rest of the Meraviglia family, MSC Grandiosa will feature two brand new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. These shows have been created exclusively for MSC Grandiosa guests and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world… or at sea! For all the art lovers out there, the ship will also feature a fine art museum,; so, there is something on-board for everyone.
Our biggest yet
MSC Grandiosa will become the fifth ship to enter our fleet in just two and a half years. As part of our fleet expansion plan, MSC Cruises is due to take delivery of another 12 next-generation cruise ships by 2027. Part of the Meraviglia Plus class of ships, MSC Grandiosa will be our largest ever when it comes into service at an impressive 181,000 gross tonnes and able to welcome 6,334 guests. These ships are also at the forefront of environmental technology at sea, featuring hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems and state-of-the-art waste facilities. MSC Grandiosa and the rest of the Meraviglia Plus ships are changing the way people think about entertainment and culture in the world of luxury cruising, whilst being eco-friendly.
Your dream holiday
Rich in its features and lavish in its design, MSC Grandiosa provides the ideal way to experience the historic ports of the Mediterranean that it will visit during its inaugural season. A stay on board MSC Grandiosa will ensure that you will be treated to the perfect level of relaxation whilst experiencing the distinctive culture and history each destination has to offer. So, don’t get FOMO, simply book your dream holiday today!