MSC Grandiosa

MSC Grandiosa is a cruise ship currently owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She is the first Meraviglia Plus-class ship for the cruise line and is the new flagship for MSC Cruises.[3] She commenced operations on 10 November 2019.[4] At the time of delivery, she was the sixth largest cruise ship by gross tonnage, behind AIDAnova.

Name: MSC Grandiosa
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Valletta,  Malta
Ordered: 1 February 2016
Yard number: G34
Laid down: July 2018
Launched: 5 January 2019
Sponsored by: Sophia Loren
Christened: 9 November 2019
Acquired: 31 October 2019
In service: 10 November 2019
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Meraviglia Plus-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 181,541 GT[1]
Length: 331.43 m (1,087.4 ft)[2]
Beam: 43 m (141 ft)[2]
Height: 65 m (213 ft)[2]
Decks: 19
Speed: 22.3 kn (41.3 km/h; 25.7 mph)[2]
  • 4,842[2] (double occupancy)
  • 6,334[2] (maximum)
Crew: 1,704[2]



On 1 February 2016, MSC Cruises announced that they had converted their options for two new ships into firm orders, with the new vessels being a part of a sub-class that evolves from the cruise line's original Meraviglia-class platform, dubbed "Meraviglia Plus".[5] Each new vessel was designed to be larger than their older Meraviglia-class sisters, at 181,541 GT, with a maximum passenger capacity of 6,334 guests.[6]

On 15 November 2017, MSC Cruises announced that the name of the first Meraviglia Plus-class ship would be MSC Grandiosa.[6]


On 15 November 2017, the steel-cutting ceremony was performed at the STX France shipyard.[7] Her coin ceremony happened in July 2018[8] and her float-out occurred six months later, on 5 January 2019.[8][9] MSC Grandiosa successfully completed her sea trials in September 2019.[10]

Delivery and christening

MSC Grandiosa was delivered to MSC Cruises in a ceremony at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard on 31 October 2019.[11]

The ship was christened in a ceremony on 9 November 2019, with the ship being moored in the river Elbe.[12] Sophia Loren, the ship's godmother, performed the honors.[12][13] MSC Grandiosa returned to her dock at the Port of Hamburg before embarking on her inaugural cruise the following day, on 10 November 2019.[12]


Following her delivery, MSC Grandiosa sailed her first voyage from the shipyard, stopping in Rotterdam[14] and Le Havre,[15] for Hamburg for press events and her christening.[16] Her inaugural cruise on 10 November 2019 from Hamburg to Genoa via Southampton, Barcelona, and Marseille was hampered by a storm that forced the cancellation of Lisbon.[17][18]

Beginning 23 November 2019, MSC Grandiosa will sail her inaugural season in the Mediterranean[19] with week-long itineraries visiting Rome, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona, and Marseille.[20] She will continue this rotation until repositioning to Santos, Brazil in fall 2020 to cruise around South America for the 2020-2021 season, making her the largest ship to ever homeport in South America.[21]


MSC Grandiosa is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system that helps to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent, along with a closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces ship sulfur emissions by 97 percent.[11][16]

See also


  1. "MSC Grandiosa (9803613)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. "Corporate Information & Media Room". MSC Corporate Information & Media Room (Press release). MSC Crociere, S.A. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. Staff, C. I. N. (31 July 2019). "New Video Tour Highlights MSC Grandiosa". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. "Sales open for MSC Grandiosa". Cruise Trade News. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. Stieghorst, Tom (1 February 2016). "MSC confirms $1.7B order for Meraviglia Plus ships: Travel Weekly".
  6. "MSC Cruises reveals name of first Meraviglia-Plus ship, lays keel for Bellissima". Seatrade Cruise News. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. "MSC Cruises Cuts Steel for First Meraviglia Plus-class Ship, MSC Grandiosa; Coin Ceremony Held for MSC Bellissima". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  8. "Coming in 2019: MSC Grandiosa, the first Meraviglia Plus Generation ship".
  9. "MSC Celebrates Float Out of Grandiosa". Travel Agent Central. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  10. Staff, C. I. N. (2 September 2019). "MSC Grandiosa Completes Sea Trials". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  11. Staff, C. I. N. (31 October 2019). "MSC Grandiosa Delivered". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  13. "Tausende verfolgen Taufe von neuem Kreuzfahrtriesen im Hafen". TAG24 (in German). 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  14. Staff, C. I. N. (4 November 2019). "MSC Grandiosa Makes Maiden Call in Rotterdam".
  15. Staff, C. I. N. (2 November 2019). "MSC Grandiosa Calls in Le Havre".
  16. Baratti, Laurie (27 September 2019). "MSC Cruises Reveals Details of the Grandest Launch for MSC Grandiosa". TravelPulse. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  17. "MSC Grandiosa's Maiden Voyage Now Open for Booking". Travel Agent Central. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  18. Coulter, Adam (12 November 2019). "MSC Grandiosa Inaugural Voyage Delayed Due to Bay of Biscay Storm, Two Ports Skipped". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  19. USA, MSC Cruises. "MSC Grandiosa To Introduce New Smart Features To "MSC for Me"". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  20. "MSC Grandiosa's Maiden Voyage Now Open for Booking". Travel Agent Central. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  21. Staff, C. I. N. (10 September 2019). "MSC Grandiosa to South America for 2020-2021". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
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