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[update]. 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.
|Privately held company|
Number of employees
|Parent||Mediterranean Shipping Company|
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 1995, 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 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.
In January 2019, MSC Cruises officially presented the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant - ZOE, an artificial intelligence device.
|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||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.|
|MSC Meraviglia||2017||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||May 2017||171,598 tons||Malta||Largest ship currently built for MSC Cruises.|
|MSC Bellissima||2019||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||March 2019||171,598 tons||Malta||Sister ship to MSC Meraviglia|
|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 Grandiosa||November 2019||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||181,000 tons||Slightly larger than the Meraviglia Class.
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.|
|MSC Seashore||June 2021||Fincantieri||169,380 tons||Slightly larger than the Seaside Class. |
|World-class I||30 May 2022||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship |
|Project Seaside Evo II||autumn 2022||Fincantieri||169,380 tons||Slightly larger than the Seaside Class. |
|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 |
|Luxury-class III||2025||Fincantieri||64,000 tons|
|World-class III||2025||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||205,700 tons||LNG-fueled cruise ship |
|Luxury-class IV||2026||Fincantieri||64,000 tons|
|World-class IV||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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