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MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises
Type Privately held company
Industry Transportation
Founded 1989
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Area served
Worldwide
Products Cruises
Number of employees
23,500
Parent Mediterranean Shipping Company
Website msccruises.com

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 Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, with a 7.2% share of all passengers carried in 2017.[2]

History [ edit ]

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, MS Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro. Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands in 1979 and 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, Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1988, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.[3]

Recent developments [ edit ]

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 MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa and will be featured on future newbuilds upon their delivery.[7][8]

Suspension of operations during the pandemic [ edit ]

All cruise lines suspended most (or all) of their operations in mid 2020 for over six months during the COVID-19 pandemic. A report on 9 January 2021 stated MSC was hoping to resume some cruises in Europe in the near future but added that "it remains to be seen whether this will go ahead with much of the continent still in lockdown". On 7 January, MSC had released a plan for MSC Grandiosa to start its 7-night cruises on 24 January 2021 and for MSC Magnifica to start its 10-night cruises on 14 February 2021, both in the Mediterranean. Only passengers who were residents of Schengen countries would be accepted until further notice, however.[9]

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve [ edit ]

In December 2015, MSC Cruises signed a 100-year lease on land in the Bahamas to develop the land for an exclusive island experience.[10] 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 5 December 2019.[11]

Fleet [ edit ]

Current fleet [ edit ]

Ship Built Builder Entered service

for MSC
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Lirica class
MSC Armonia 2001 Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire) May 2004 65,542 tons   Panama Previously European Vision for the failed Festival Cruises. Costa Fascinosa and MSC Armonia in Malta (MSC Armonia).jpg
MSC Sinfonia 2002 Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire) March 2005 65,542 tons   Panama Previously European Stars for the failed Festival Cruises. MSC Sinfonia turning to Starboard Side Tallinn 27 May 2015.JPG
MSC Lirica 2003 Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire) March 2003 65,591 tons   Panama Modified ex Festival's European class. MSC LIRICA AT OOSANBASHI 20JUNE 2016 (cropped).jpg
MSC Opera 2004 Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire) March 2004 65,591 tons   Panama Modified ex Festival's European class. MSC Opera departing Tallinn 11 August 2016.jpg
Musica class
MSC Musica 2006 Aker Yards(St. Nazaire) July 2006 92,409 tons   Panama MSC Musica at Pier 25 in Port of Tallinn Tallinn 1 May 2013.jpg
MSC Orchestra 2007 Aker Yards(St. Nazaire) May 2007 92,409 tons   Panama MSC Orchestra in Tallinn 2009 0028.JPG
MSC Poesia 2008 Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire) Oct. 2008 92,627 tons   Panama MSC Poesia departing Tallinn 11 July 2012.JPG
MSC Magnifica 2010 STX Europe(St. Nazaire) March 2010 95,128 tons   Panama Modified Musica class MSC Magnifica (ship, 2010) 002.jpg
Fantasia class
MSC Fantasia 2008 Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire) Dec. 2008 137,936 tons   Panama Msc fantasia.jpg
MSC Splendida 2009 Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire) July 2009 137,936 tons   Panama Ordered as MSC Serenata and renamed MSC Splendida in 2008. MSC Splendida Marseille.jpg
MSC Divina 2012 STX Europe(St. Nazaire) June 2012 139,400 tons   Panama Modified Fantasia class. Ordered as MSC Meraviglia and renamed MSC Divina in 2010. MSC Divina in Malta.jpg
MSC Preziosa 2013 STX Europe(St. Nazaire) March 2013 139,400 tons   Panama Modified Fantasia class. Originally ordered for Libyan-based General National Maritime Transport.[12] Croisière MSC PREZIOSA à quai (cropped).jpg
Meraviglia class
MSC Meraviglia 2017 STX Europe (St. Nazaire) May 2017 171,598 tons   Malta Largest ship to have been built for MSC Cruises.[13]

Current flagship vessel[14]

MSC Meraviglia Grand Harbour Malta 20180307 03 (cropped).jpg
MSC Bellissima 2019 Chantiers de l'Atlantique March 2019 171,598 tons   Malta Sister ship to MSC Meraviglia MSC Bellissima 20190226 190521.jpg
Meraviglia Plus class
MSC Grandiosa 2019 Chantiers de l'Atlantique November 2019 181,541 tons   Malta Slightly larger than the Meraviglia class; lead ship of Meraviglia Plus class.[15]

Christened on 9 November 2019 in Hamburg[16]

Commenced operations on 10 November 2019[17]
Vertrek MSC GRANDIOSA (49018550362).jpg
MSC Virtuosa 2021 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 181,541 tons   Malta Slightly larger than the Meraviglia class.[15][18]

Keel-laying performed on 28 February 2019.[19]
MSC Virtuosa, Saint-Nazaire september 2020.jpg
Seaside class
MSC Seaside 2017 Fincantieri Nov 2017 153,516 tons   Malta MSC Cruises' first purpose-built ship for the North American market. MSC Seaside 01.jpg
MSC Seaview 2018 Fincantieri June 2018 153,516 tons   Malta MSC Seaside's sister ship MSC Seaview Genova.jpg

Future ships [ edit ]

Ship Will enter service

for MSC
Builder Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
MSC Seashore August 2021 Fincantieri 169,380 tons Slightly larger than the Seaside class.[20]

Steel-cutting performed on 26 November 2018.[21]
MSC World Europa [22] 2022 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons Originally named MSC Europa.[23]

LNG-fueled cruise ship.[24]

Steel-cutting performed on 31 October 2019.[23]

Coin and keel-laying ceremonies on 29 June 2020.[22]
Project Seaside Evo II 2023 Fincantieri 169,380 tons Slightly larger than the Seaside class.[20]
Ultra Luxury-class I Spring 2023 Fincantieri 64,000 tons Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[25]
Meraviglia-plus-class III May 2023 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 183,500 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship
Ultra Luxury-class II 2024 Fincantieri 64,000 tons Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[25]
World-class II May 2024 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [24]
Ultra Luxury-class III 2025 Fincantieri 64,000 tons Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[25]
World-class III Spring 2025 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [24]
Ultra Luxury-class IV 2026 Fincantieri 64,000 tons Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept[25]
World-class IV 2027[26] Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [24]

originally planned for 2026

Former ships [ edit ]

Ship Built Builder Entered service

for MSC
Gross tonnage Year retired Image
Symphony 1951 Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson 1994 16,000 tons 2000
Monterey 1952 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. 1994 20,000 tons 2006 MSC Montery (cropped).jpg
Rhapsody 1977 Burmeister & Wain 1995 17,095 tons 2009 MS Rhapsody in Trondheim 2007.jpg
MSC Melody 1982 CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer) 1997 35,143 tons 2013 MSC Melody, La Goulette, 2009 bow.jpg
Angelina Lauro 1938 Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij 1965 24,377 tons 1979 "Angelina Lauro" - Tilbury, 1976 (recropped).jpg
Achille Lauro 1947 Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij De Schelde, Vlissingen 1965 23,629 tons 1994 Achille39.jpg

References [ edit ]

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