MSC Cruises’ 14 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 that will see the fleet expand to 24 mega-cruise ships by 2026. 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.
The 14 current ships across our four classes of ship include:
MSC Seaside (2017) rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect guests with the sea like never before. At 153,516 GRTs and with a guest capacity of 5,119, MSC Seaside will be joined by MSC Seaview in June 2018. MSC Meraviglia (2017) is the first ship in the Meraviglia Class. With 171,598 GRTs, she is the biggest mega cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the largest to come into service in 2017.MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa, the first of two Meraviglia-Plus ships will come into service in 2019 with the final Meraviglia-Plus ship completing this class in 2020.
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 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, two Seaside EVO ships, a further evolution of the Seaside Class prototype and lastly, four World class ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology.