MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica is a Musica-class cruise ship operated by MSC Cruises. Constructed by STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire, the ship was launched in January 2009, completed in January 2010, and entered service in March 2010.

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Name: MSC Magnifica
Owner: Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama
Builder: STX Europe (Saint-Nazaire, France)
Cost: $547 million
Yard number: T32
Launched: January 2009
Christened: 6 March 2010 in Hamburg
Maiden voyage: 9 March 2010 from Amsterdam
In service: March 2010
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Musica-class cruise ship
  • 95,128 GT
  • TBD (after renovation)
  • 293.8 m (964 ft)
  • 316.8 m (1,039 ft) (after renovation)
  • 32.3 m (106 ft)[1]
  • TBD (after renovation)
Draught: 7.85 m (25.8 ft)[1]
Decks: 13 decks[2]
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
  • 2,518 (double occupancy)/ 3.223 (maximum)
  • 2,948 (double occupancy)/ 4.083 (maximum) (after renovation)
Crew: 1,027

Design and construction

The fourth ship to be built to the Musica class design, Magnifica was constructed by STX Europe in their shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France.[3][4] She was built at a cost of $547 million.[5]

The vessel is 293.8 metres (964 ft) long, with a beam of 32.2 metres (106 ft).[4] The 93,330-gross ton vessel can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots (43 km/h).[4] Magnifica has 1,259 cabins - 2,550 passengers can be carried at double occupancy, while 3,605 can be carried at full capacity.[2][4] The ship has 1,027 crew.[2]

Magnifica was identified by the shipyard hull number T32 during construction.[5] In fact, Magnifica's onboard disco is named after her shipyard hull number. The IMO ship identification number 9387085 will remain associated with the ship throughout her life, even if she changes names or operating companies.[6]

Magnifica was floated out of her dry dock in a launching ceremony in January 2009.[7] A 72-hour sea trial period was successfully completed on 17 January 2010, despite poor weather and 50-knot (93 km/h) winds.[3] A flag-changing ceremony was held on 25 February 2010 in Saint-Nazaire. The ship was christened on 6 March 2010 at a ceremony in Hamburg by the godmother to the MSC Cruises fleet, Italian actress Sophia Loren.[3]

Like MSC Splendida, Magnifica's horn system can play different songs, such as Seven Nation Army and Happy Birthday.


The ship has 13 passenger accessible decks, three swimming pools,[2] a gymnasium, spa and wellness centre, a 1,250-seat Art Deco-style theatre, casino, cinema, bowling alley and a number of dining areas and bars.[3]

Renovation & Lengthening

On 10 September 2019 it was announced that in April 2021 just before the summer season, in which the ship will be homeported to Southampton, MSC Magnifica will be stretched by 23 meters. The 140 million euro renovation will bring two new restaurants, a new shopping area, a new water park, 215 new cabins (92 with balcony) and the most modern ecological systems: a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system. Also it will get a shorepower system.[8]

Operational history

The ships regular itineraries position her in South America during the winter season and Northern Europe in the summer months.

Magnifica was under criticism in April 2014 after it was revealed that Brazilian police had to rescue eleven crew members on board that were living in 'slave-like conditions' whilst docked in Salvador, Brazil.[9]

On 5 January 2019, Magnifica will start her first World Cruise. It will start from Genoa and will be 119 days long. Magnifica will visit 6 continents, 32 countries, 49 destinations. The ship will return to Genoa on 3 May 2019.[10]

Magnifica will be undertaking a second World Cruise leaving in January 2020. The 116-night cruise will start at Genoa on 5 January 2020 and call at 43 ports in 23 countries. She will end her World Cruise in Genoa on 30 April 2020.[11]


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  2. "Technical Sheet" (PDF). MSC Cruises. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  3. "Successful sea trials for MSC Crociere's newest ship". Independent Online. Standard Publications Ltd. Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
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  5. Colton, Tim. "Large Cruise Ships on Order". Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  6. "MSC Magnifica (939442)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  7. "MSC Magnifica". Ship Info. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. Adam Coulter (ed.). "MSC Cruises to Offer Full Ex-UK Season of Sailings on Stretched and Refurbished Ship". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  10. "MSC Magnifica Is Going To Conquer the World | CruiseBe". CruiseBe. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  11. "MSC World Cruise 2020". MSC Cruises UK.
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