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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. MSC Cruises is the world's largest privately held cruise company, employing about 23,500 people worldwide and having offices in 45 countries as of 2017.[1] MSC Cruises is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), the world's second biggest container shipping operator. 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.[2]

MSC Cruises
Privately held company
IndustryTransportation
Founded1989
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsCruises
Number of employees
23,500
ParentMediterranean Shipping Company
Websitemsccruises.com

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HistoryEdit

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.[3] In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1995, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.[3]

In 2014 MSC Cruises announced that the four Lirica class ships underwent renovation under the "Renaissance Programme".[4]

In 2015, MSC Cruises had four new ships on order from STX France and Fincantieri, with options for three more. The first three ships were delivered in May 2017 (MSC Meraviglia), November 2017 (MSC Seaside) and June 2018 (MSC Seaview). There are four more diesel-powered ships on order for delivery in 2020s.

In July 2018, the company announced that it would build the second cruise terminal in PortMiami for its World-class cruise ships.[5]

In January 2019, MSC Cruises officially presented the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant - ZOE, an artificial intelligence device.[6]

ShipsEdit

Lirica classEdit

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
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.  

Musica classEdit

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
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.  

Fantasia classEdit

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MSC Fantasia 2008 Aker Yards/STX Europe(St. Nazaire) Dec. 2008 137,936 tons   Panama Current flagship vessel  
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.[7]  

Meraviglia classEdit

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MSC Meraviglia 2017 STX Europe(St. Nazaire) May 2017 171,598 tons   Malta Largest ship currently built for MSC Cruises.[8]  
MSC Bellissima 2019 Chantiers de l'Atlantique March 2019 171,598 tons   Malta Sister ship to MSC Meraviglia  

Seaside classEdit

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
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  

Future shipsEdit

Ship Will enter service
for MSC
Builder Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MSC Grandiosa November 2019 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 181,000 tons Slightly larger than the Meraviglia Class.[9][10]
construction started on 15 November 2017
Christening is planned for 2 November 2019 in Hamburg
MSC Virtuosa September 2020 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 181,000 tons Slightly larger than the Meraviglia Class.[9][10]
MSC Seashore June 2021 Fincantieri 169,380 tons Slightly larger than the Seaside Class. [11]
World-class I 30 May 2022 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [12]
Project Seaside Evo II autumn 2022 Fincantieri 169,380 tons Slightly larger than the Seaside Class. [11]
Luxury-class I Spring 2023 Fincantieri 64,000 tons
Meraviglia-plus-class III 2023 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 183.500 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship
Luxury-class II 2024 Fincantieri 64,000 tons
World-class II 2024 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [12]
Luxury-class III 2025 Fincantieri 64,000 tons
World-class III 2025 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [12]
Luxury-class IV 2026 Fincantieri 64,000 tons
World-class IV 2026 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 205,700 tons LNG-fueled cruise ship [12]

Former shipsEdit

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  
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  

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Curise Market Watch - Market Share". Cruise Market Watch. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The history of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA". Swiss Deep-sea Shipping. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  4. ^ "MSC Renaissance Program Begins with Laying Out of Armonia's New Section". cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ "MSC Cruises to Build Second Cruise Terminal in Miami - MSC Cruises". www.cruisecritic.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  6. ^ "MSC Cruises Officially Unveils "Zoe" the World's First Personal Cruise Assistant". www.cruisecritic.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ "MSC Cruises-UK News: MSC Cruises Welcomes MSC Preziosa". Msccruises.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  8. ^ "MSC Confirms Fincantieri Order for two Seaside-Class Ships". cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b "MSC Cruises to Build Two More Mega Ships". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b "TTG Media - Travel industry, travel agent and tourism news, events and jobs - News - MSC Cruises confirms return to UK – and two new builds". TTG Media - Travel industry, travel agent and tourism news, events and jobs. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b "MSC Releases Video Detailing New Ship Features". cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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