MSC Cruise Lines

MSC Cruise Lines

MSC Cruise Lines

Experience true Italian hospitality and ambience with the Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Cruises, where you savor a perfect mix of European charm and Italian elegance while sailing the world’s most beautiful seas. Enjoy a steamy cappuccino or a refreshing gelato with a breathtaking, ever changing backdrop and treat your taste buds to the many flavors of Italy.

MSC Cruises Information

MSC Cruises Type Private
MSC Cruises Industry Transportation
MSC Cruises Founded 1987
MSC Cruises Headquarters Genève, Switzerland
MSC Cruises Products Cruises
MSC Cruises Website

MSC Cruises

Since 1988, the Mediterranean Shipping Cruises (MSC); a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), is the fastest growing cruise line with the youngest and most modern fleet.
MSC Cruises was conceived to offer Europeans affordable cruise vacations, which was a revolutionary concept in 1990. Today, besides the Mediterranean market MSC also operates in the Caribbean, South Africa and South and North America sectors. The rich Italian heritage is reflected in the contemporary ship designs and the warm hospitality towards its guests. MSC is the fourth largest cruise operators in the world.

MSC Cruises Destinations and Fleet

If you are keen to explore the extraordinary beauty of Northern Europe then get onboard MSC and discover the wonders of the ancient world in Turkey and feel rich by exploring the treasures of the Russian czars or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking power of nature in Scandinavia.

Celebrate life with the MSC South America cruise and visit Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world which has a wealth of riches to offer, - be it history, wildlife, culture or music. Join the celebrations at the carnival city of Rio de Janiero, home to the Olympic Games. All in all, MSC offers a great way to celebrate in style.

Whatever your passions and interests, vacation in style with MSC and relax in the Caribbean paradise like the Bahamas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Martinique, Jamaica, Tortola. The South African cruises offered by MSC are some of their best, designed to enchant your senses as you sail through the mesmerizing Portuguese Island.

  • Golden Mediterranean Odysseys - Retrace the footsteps of the world's greatest explorers, artists, writers and adventurers to its shores and watch MSC reveals the secret gems of the Mediterranean and its islands.  Get onboard MSC Splendida, Fantasia or Magnifica and explore the palazzos of Venice, imagine life among the pharaohs in Alexandria and discover the secret gardens of the Royal Palace in Casablanca.
  • Caribbean and Transatlantic – Live your aquamarine dream and discover the natural splendours, romance and relaxation; venture across the Atlantic to dramatic destinations like Spain and St.Lucia. 
  • Canada and New England – Sail on the poetic cruise ship MSC Poesia and explore the coasts of Canada and New England. This grand yet eco friendly luxury cruise ship has an artistic waterfall flowing from three decks above, spa to relax, Kalto sushi bar and kids clubs to enjoy as the world goes by.
  • European Journeys – Take a mesmerising European journey which is unforgettable on the MSC's Musica class featuring five ships which include contemporary features like a sprawling spa, a wide range of dining venues wine bar and balcony cabins. Get onboard MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica and journey through Genoa, Lisbon, Portugal and Germany.
  • Africa – Sail under the warm African sun on Sinfonia and explore one of the most stunning countries in the world. Whether it is the bustling port city of Durban or picturesque Mozambique, stimulate your senses with world-class wildlife, the dramatic panorama of Table Mountains, quality beaches and dynamic, cosmopolitan cities, together with people that are now residing in harmony after years of discriminatory rule.

MSC has chosen Sophia Loren as its celebrity godmother for each ship in the fleet and currently, MSC is not only emphasising on building better ships but is also keen on expanding its passenger demographics.

Larger, more amenity-laden new class of ships featuring private balconies have been introduced by MSC now.  There are the innovative new designs for its Fantasia series, the line's largest ships to date. These vessels showcase the first-ever concept like the ship-within-a-ship, the Yacht Club concept for suite holders, a pool for all-seasons swimming, an interactive centre with a 4D theatre and a Formula One simulator.

So, no matter where you are from and whether you are on a family vacation, a honeymoon trip or just a relaxed holiday, get onboard any of the 11 modern eco friendly ships from MSC’s fleet and experience pure pleasure.  MSC cruises have all that’s needed to make your cruise experience a memory that will last a lifetime.

MSC Cruises Ships

MSC Cruises Contemporary Fleet

MSC Cruises Mistral Class

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag
MSC Armonia 2001 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2004 58,174 tons Panama
MSC Sinfonia 2002 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2005 58,625 tons Panama
MSC Lirica 2002 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003 58,825 tons Panama
MSC Opera 2004 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2004 59,058 tons Panama

MSC Cruises Musica Class

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag
MSC Musica 2006 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2006 89,600 tons Panama
MSC Orchestra 2007 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2007 89,600 tons Panama
MSC Poesia 2008 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2008 93,330 tons Panama
MSC Magnifica 2010 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2010 93,330 tons Panama

MSC Cruises Fantasia Class

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag
MSC Fantasia 2008 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2008 135,000 tons Panama
MSC Splendida 2009 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2009 133,500 tons Panama

MSC Cruises Classic Fleet

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for MSC
Gross Tonnage Flag
MSC Melody 1982 CNIM 1997 35,143 tons Panama

MSC Cruises Future Ships

Ship Class Delivery Gross Tonnage Planned Flag
MSC Divina Divina 2012 139,000 tons Panama

MSC Cruises Former Ships

  • Roma (1950) (1950–1966)
  • Sydney (1951–1967), Roma (1967) (1967–1968)
  • Angelina Lauro (1964–1979)
  • Achille Lauro (1964–1994)
  • Monterey (1989–2006)
  • Angelina Lauro (2) (1989–1991)
  • Symphony (1994–2000)
  • Rhapsody (1995–2009)
  • Star of Venice (1998–2000)