|Privately held company|
Number of employees
|Parent||Mediterranean Shipping Company|
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[update], 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.
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. In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1988, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.
In 2014 MSC Cruises announced that the four Lirica-class ships underwent renovation under the "Renaissance Programme".
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.
In October 2018, MSC announced an order for four luxury ships each at a gross tonnage of 64,000 tons. These ultra-luxury vessels will be based on the cruise line's luxury concept, the "MSC Yacht Club." The first ship will arrive in the spring of 2023. All ships will be built at Fincantieri.
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.
|MSC Armonia||2001||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||May 2004||65,542 tons||Panama||Previously European Vision for the failed Festival Cruises.|
|MSC Sinfonia||2002||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2005||65,542 tons||Panama||Previously European Stars for the failed Festival Cruises.|
|MSC Lirica||2003||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2003||65,591 tons||Panama||Modified ex Festival's European-class.|
|MSC Opera||2004||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2004||65,591 tons||Panama||Modified ex Festival's European-class.|
|MSC Musica||2006||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||July 2006||92,409 tons||Panama|
|MSC Orchestra||2007||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||May 2007||92,409 tons||Panama|
|MSC Poesia||2008||Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||Oct. 2008||92,627 tons||Panama|
|MSC Magnifica||2010||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||March 2010||95,128 tons||Panama||Modified Musica-class.|
|MSC Fantasia||2008||Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||Dec. 2008||137,936 tons||Panama|
|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 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 Preziosa||2013||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||March 2013||139,400 tons||Panama||Modified Fantasia-class. Originally ordered for Libyan-based General National Maritime Transport.|
|MSC Meraviglia||2017||STX Europe (St. Nazaire)||May 2017||171,598 tons||Malta||Largest ship to have been built for MSC Cruises.
|MSC Bellissima||2019||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||March 2019||171,598 tons||Malta||Sister ship to MSC Meraviglia|
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.
Christening planned for 9 November 2019 in Hamburg
Commencing operations on 10 November 2019
|MSC Seaside||2017||Fincantieri||Nov 2017||153,516 tons||Malta||MSC Cruises' first purpose-built ship for the North-American market.|
|MSC Seaview||2018||Fincantieri||June 2018||153,516 tons||Malta||MSC Seaside's sister ship|
|Ship||Will enter service
|MSC Virtuosa||September 2020||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||181,541 tons||Slightly larger than the Meraviglia-class.
Keel-laying performed on 28 February 2019.
|MSC Seashore||June 2021||Fincantieri||169,380 tons||Slightly larger than the Seaside-class.
Steel-cutting performed on 26 November 2018.
|MSC Europa||30 May 2022||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship.
Steel-cutting performed on 31 October 2019.
|Project Seaside Evo II||Autumn 2022||Fincantieri||169,380 tons||Slightly larger than the Seaside-class.|
|Ultra Luxury-class I||Spring 2023||Fincantieri||64,000 tons||Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept|
|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|
|World-class II||May 2024||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship |
|Ultra Luxury-class III||2025||Fincantieri||64,000 tons||Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept|
|World-class III||Spring 2025||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship |
|Ultra Luxury-class IV||2026||Fincantieri||64,000 tons||Purpose-built based on "MSC Yacht Club" luxury concept|
|World-class IV||Spring 2026||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship |
|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|
|Rhapsody||1977||Burmeister & Wain||1995||17,095 tons||2009|
|MSC Melody||1982||CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer)||1997||35,143 tons||2013|
|Angelina Lauro||1938||Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij||1965||24,377 tons||1979|
|Achille Lauro||1947||Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw-Maatschappij||1965||23,629 tons||1994|
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