The company

MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa. Our ships sail year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and our seasonal itineraries include Northern Europe the Atlantic Ocean, South America, southern Africa, China, the United Arab Emirates and Sir Bani Yas.

The company, which grew by 800% since 2004, carried 1.8 million guests in 2016 and reported strong financial results with a turnover of nearly €2 billion.

 

MSC Cruises is a Swiss-based European company with deep Mediterranean roots employing over 17,000 staff globally and selling cruise holidays in 67 countries around the world. 

Respecting people and planet

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Respecting people and planet

MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which a company operates. Its commitment to safeguarding the marine ecosystem, as well as protecting the health and safety of its staff and the travellers on board its fleet, has earned numerous awards and certifications. 


In 2016, leading international classification society Bureau Veritas recognised MSC Cruises with the Special Safety Best Practices Award for the high level of enhanced safety procedures across its entire fleet. This important award follows similar accolades in past years. In 2013, Bureau Veritas granted MSC Cruises the honour of being the first company to receive ‘7 Golden Pearls’ for environmental care for MSC’s Fantasia class ships. This unique award comprises Cleanship 2 Class notation for advanced air, water and waste treatment systems, as well as new ISO 50001 certification for the highest standards of Energy Performance, ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, ISO 22000 for food safety and OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety. With MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, and MSC Splendida, the company has also successfully met the strict standards required by Bureau Veritas’ voluntary Energy Efficient Design scheme. The quality and safety of all aspects of the company’s catering practices, both ashore and on board, were formally officially recognized through ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certifications.


The Fleet

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The Fleet

MSC Cruises’ 13 ships boast a host of cutting-edge innovations and the latest technologies, and its global fleet is one of the youngest at sea. The fleet was born of a €6bn investment programme launched in 2003 and after successful completion of the first investment phase, the Company launched a second phase investment plan for another 11 ships. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of such length and magnitude, spanning an horizon of over ten years, from 2014 through 2026. 
 
By 2026, MSC Cruises fleet is set to comprise 23 ships. A number of ships are currently under construction and coming into service soon: MSC Seaside (2017) and MSC Seaview (2018), two ships within the new Seaside class, and MSC Bellissima (2019), a ship in the Meraviglia class.
 
The 13 current ships across our four classes of ship include: 

MSC Meraviglia (2017) is the Company’s newest flagship and the first one in the Meraviglia Class. With 171,598 GRT, she is the biggest mega cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the largest to come into service in 2017. 
 
The four ships – MSC Preziosa (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009) and MSC Fantasia (2008) – are large-size and modern ships, at approximately 140,000 GRT, 333m in length and 38m in beam. MSC Preziosa – ranked among the five best cruise ships in the world – and MSC Divina can accommodate 4,345 travellers, while MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia each carry 4,363 travellers. 
 
The Musica Class ships MSC Magnifica (2010), MSC Poesia (2008), MSC Orchestra (2007) and MSC Musica (2006) carry around 3,200 travellers each. 
 
The fleet is completed by the Lirica Class ships – MSC Sinfonia (2005), MSC Armonia (2004), MSC Opera (2004) and MSC Lirica (2003) – each with a gross tonnage of 65,000 GRT and carrying around 2,000 travellers.
 
MSC Cruises is the cruise line with the highest number of cruise ships on order and in addition to the ships currently under construction, the Company is planning to build another two Meraviglia-Plus ships, a third Seaside class ship and lastly, four World class ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology.