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MSC Cruises

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MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, with its fleet of 16 of the most modern ships at sea sailing year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

And it continues to grow and diversify, with the announcement in October, 2018, of a move into the ultra-luxury market with a £1.75bn order for four 64,000-ton ships, arriving between 2023 and 2026.

The MSC Cruise experience embodies the creation of unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes.

MSC Bellissima
MSC Bellissima became the new flagship of the fleet in March 2019 Picture courtesy of MSC Cruises

Currently, its seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, Cuba and the French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, China and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sir Bani Yas. Southampton is the base for all MSC Cruises’ ex-UK sailings.

As well as operating a wealth of different of itineraries, MSC Cruises also offers a variety of cruising options. Families are well provided for, with a “kids cruise free” policy operating all year round.

And for those looking for a luxury cruise experience, the MSC Yacht Club delivers a brand of exclusive, high-end cruising.

In 2014, MSC Cruises launched an investment plan to support a burgeoning expansion programme which kicked off with the order of two ships of the Meraviglia generation and two others of the Seaside generation (plus an option for a third). Then, in February 2016, it confirmed a further two Meraviglia Plus ships with an even greater capacity.

In April 2016 the investment rose to €9bn with the announcement of a further four ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology.

Add to this to four new ultra-luxury vessels and MSC Cruises’ investment plan now accounts for a total 17 new ships to be built by 2027, worth £12bn. Four have come into service since June 2017 -  MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview and MSC Bellissima, while MSC Grandiosa,will be delivered in October 2019.

MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, spanning an horizon of over ten years, from 2014 through 2027.
Its original investment programme started in 2003 with the arrival of MSC Lirica.

At 171,000 tons, MSC Meraviglia (2017), flagship of the fleet, is the largest ship ever built by a European based cruise company. She will be joined by sister ship MSC Bellissima in 2019, to be followed by two Meraviglia-Plus Class ships in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The four Fantasia class flagships – MSC Preziosa (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009) and MSC Fantasia (2008) – are weight in at 140,000 tonnes and measure 333m in length and 38m in width.

MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia both accommodate 4,363 travellers each, while MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa each accommodate 4,345 travellers.

Complementing them are the four 90,000-ton vessels in the Musica Class – MSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) – each carrying just under 3,000 travellers each.

The fleet is completed by the 656,500-ton Lirica Class – MSC Sinfonia (2005), MSC Armonia (2004), MSC Opera (2004) and MSC Lirica (2003) – each carrying over 2,000 guests.

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