MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises (Italian: MSC Crociere) is a global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva. It was founded in Naples, Italy, in 1989. It is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), the world's second biggest container shipping operator. In addition to being the world's largest privately held cruise company, employing about 23,500 people worldwide and with offices in 45 countries as of 2017,[1] MSC Cruises is the fourth largest cruise company in the world, after Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, with a 7.2% share of all passengers carried in 2017.[2]

MSC Cruises
Privately held company
IndustryTransportation
Founded1989
FounderGianluigi Aponte 
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsCruises
Number of employees
23,500
ParentMediterranean Shipping Company
Websitemsccruises.com

History

MSC Cruises was founded as Lauro Lines (Italian: Flotta Lauro) in Naples, Italy by Achille Lauro in 1960. The company entered the cruise business operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro. The Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands in 1979 and the Achille Lauro was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985. In 1989, the Mediterranean Shipping Company bought Lauro Lines and renamed it StarLauro Cruises.[3] In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1988, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.[3]

Recent developments

In 2014 MSC Cruises announced that the four Lirica-class ships underwent renovation under the "Renaissance Programme".[4]

In July 2018, the company announced that it would build a second cruise terminal at PortMiami for its World-class cruise ships as an expansion of its North American program. It is scheduled to be completed in October 2022.[5]

In October 2018, MSC announced an order for four luxury ships of 64,000 gross tons each.[6] These ultra-luxury vessels will be based on the cruise line's luxury concept, the "MSC Yacht Club."[6] The first ship will arrive in the spring of 2023.[6] All ships will be built at Fincantieri.[6]

In January 2019, MSC Cruises unveiled the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant - ZOE, an artificial intelligence device designed by Harman International. It is currently featured on the MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa and will be featured on future newbuilds upon their delivery.[7][8]

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

In December 2015, MSC Cruises signed a 100-year lease on land in the Bahamas to develop the land for an exclusive island experience.[9] The project was named the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and was set to open in mid-November 2019, but weather delays pushed the date to December 5, 2019.[10]

Fleet

Lirica class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Armonia2001Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)May 200465,542 tons PanamaPreviously European Vision for the failed Festival Cruises.
MSC Sinfonia2002Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200565,542 tons PanamaPreviously European Stars for the failed Festival Cruises.
MSC Lirica2003Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200365,591 tons PanamaModified ex Festival's European-class.
MSC Opera2004Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200465,591 tons PanamaModified ex Festival's European-class.

Musica class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Musica2006Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)July 200692,409 tons Panama
MSC Orchestra2007Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)May 200792,409 tons Panama
MSC Poesia2008Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire)Oct. 200892,627 tons Panama
MSC Magnifica2010STX Europe(St. Nazaire)March 201095,128 tons PanamaModified Musica-class.

Fantasia class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Fantasia2008Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire)Dec. 2008137,936 tons Panama
MSC Splendida2009Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire)July 2009137,936 tons PanamaOrdered as MSC Serenata and renamed MSC Splendida in 2008.
MSC Divina2012STX Europe(St. Nazaire)June 2012139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class. Ordered as MSC Meraviglia and renamed MSC Divina in 2010.
MSC Preziosa2013STX Europe(St. Nazaire)March 2013139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class. Originally ordered for Libyan-based General National Maritime Transport.[11]

Meraviglia class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Meraviglia2017STX Europe (St. Nazaire)May 2017171,598 tons MaltaLargest ship to have been built for MSC Cruises.[12]


Current flagship vessel[13]

MSC Bellissima2019 Chantiers de l'AtlantiqueMarch 2019171,598 tons  Malta Sister ship to MSC Meraviglia

Meraviglia Plus class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Grandiosa2019Chantiers de l'AtlantiqueNovember 2019181,541 tons MaltaSlightly larger than the Meraviglia-class; lead ship of Meraviglia Plus-class.[14]
Christened on 9 November 2019 in Hamburg[15]
Commenced operations on 10 November 2019[16]

Seaside class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC Seaside2017FincantieriNov 2017153,516 tons MaltaMSC Cruises' first purpose-built ship for the North-American market.
MSC Seaview2018FincantieriJune 2018153,516 tons MaltaMSC Seaside's sister ship

Future ships

ShipWill enter service
for MSC
BuilderGross TonnageFlagNotesImage
MSC VirtuosaSeptember 2020Chantiers de l'Atlantique181,541 tonsSlightly larger than the Meraviglia-class.[14][17]
Keel-laying performed on 28 February 2019.[18]
MSC SeashoreJune 2021Fincantieri169,380 tonsSlightly larger than the Seaside-class.[19]
Steel-cutting performed on 26 November 2018.[20]
MSC Europa30 May 2022Chantiers de l'Atlantique205,700 tonsLNG-fueled cruise ship.[21]
Steel-cutting performed on 31 October 2019.[22]
Project Seaside Evo IIAutumn 2022Fincantieri169,380 tonsSlightly larger than the Seaside-class.[19]
Ultra Luxury-class ISpring 2023Fincantieri64,000 tonsPurpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[23]
Meraviglia-plus-class IIIMay 2023Chantiers de l'Atlantique183.500 tonsLNG-fueled cruise ship
Ultra Luxury-class II2024Fincantieri64,000 tonsPurpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[23]
World-class IIMay 2024Chantiers de l'Atlantique205,700 tonsLNG-fueled cruise ship [21]
Ultra Luxury-class III2025Fincantieri64,000 tonsPurpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[23]
World-class IIISpring 2025Chantiers de l'Atlantique205,700 tonsLNG-fueled cruise ship [21]
Ultra Luxury-class IV2026Fincantieri64,000 tonsPurpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[23]
World-class IVSpring 2026Chantiers de l'Atlantique205,700 tonsLNG-fueled cruise ship [21]

Former ships

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageYear RetiredImage
Symphony1951Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson199416,000 tons2000
Monterey1952Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.199420,000 tons2006
Rhapsody1977Burmeister & Wain199517,095 tons2009
MSC Melody1982CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer)199735,143 tons2013
Angelina Lauro1938Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij196524,377 tons1979
Achille Lauro1947Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij196523,629 tons1994

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