MSC Cruises

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MSC Cruises
Private
IndustryTransportation
Founded1987
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
ProductsCruises
ParentMediterranean Shipping Company
Websitewww.msccruises.com
 
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MSC Cruises
Private
IndustryTransportation
Founded1987
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
ProductsCruises
ParentMediterranean Shipping Company
Websitewww.msccruises.com

MSC Cruises (Italian: MSC Crociere S.p.A.) is a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC). MSC is an Italian shipping company devoted to the cruise market with headquarters in Geneva. The company, whose capital is wholly Swiss, employs 15,500 people worldwide and has offices in 45 countries.

Originally founded as Lauro Lines by Achille Lauro, the company entered the cruise business in the 1960s, operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro, both of which met fiery ends. After the Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St.Thomas in 1979, Lauro Lines, also known as Flotta Lauro, met with bad times, now operating just one ship, the Achille Lauro. In 1985, the Achille Lauro was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Front, and the much-publicised event further dropped passenger numbers. In 1989, Flotta Lauro was purchased by Mediterranean Shipping Company and renamed StarLauro Cruises.[1] In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1995, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.[1]

MSC Cruises claims to be the third largest cruise operator in the world,[2] after Carnival Corporation & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. with a 6% share of all passengers carried and cruise revenue in 2012. Yet, because MSC Cruises has no stakes exchanged on the market, it has no obligations to issue its budget certified by independent parties, which therefore it does not; as a consequence the data MSC Cruises releases about itself are not verifiable.

On March 1, 2010, after strong support from French government, STX Europe and MSC Cruises announced signing a new Letter of Intent to build one, 139,000 ton, 3502 passenger, Fantasia-class ship, which is subject to financing, at STX Europe St-Nazaire.

Ships[edit]

Lirica class[edit]

Main article: Lirica class
ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotes
MSC Armonia2001Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)May 200465,000 tons PanamaPreviously European Vision for the failed Festival Cruises.
MSC Sinfonia2002Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200558,625 tons PanamaPreviously European Stars for the failed Festival Cruises.
MSC Lirica2003Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200359,058 tons PanamaModified ex Festival's European-class.
MSC Opera2004Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)March 200459,058 tons PanamaModified ex Festival's European-class.

Musica class[edit]

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotes
MSC Musica2006Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)July 200692,409 tons Panama
MSC Orchestra2007Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)May 200792,409 tons Panama
MSC Poesia2008Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)Oct. 200892,627 tons Panama
MSC Magnifica2010STX Europe(St. Nazaire)March 201095,128 tons PanamaModified Musica-class.

Fantasia class[edit]

Main article: Fantasia class
ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotes
MSC Fantasia2008Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)Dec. 2008137,936 tons Panama
MSC Splendida2009Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)July 2009137,936 tons PanamaOrdered as MSC Serenata and renamed MSC Splendida in 2008.
MSC Divina2012STX Europe(St. Nazaire)June 2012139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class. Ordered as MSC Meraviglia and renamed MSC Divina in 2010.
MSC Preziosa2013STX Europe(St. Nazaire)March 2013139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class.Originally ordered for Libyan based General National Maritime Transport.[3]

Future Ships[edit]

ShipWill enter service
for MSC
BuilderGross TonnageFlagNotes
TBA2017STX Europe(St. Nazaire)167,600 tons PanamaLargest ship to be built for MSC Cruises.
TBA2019STX Europe(St. Nazaire)167,600 tons Panama
Project Seaside INOV 2017Fincantieri154,000 tons Panama[4]
Project Seaside IIMAY 2018Fincantieri154,000 tons Panama[5]
MSC Orchestra at Istanbul
MSC Magnifica at Amsterdam
MSC Splendida at Lisbon

Former ships[edit]

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageYear Retired
Symphony1951Wigham Richardson199416,000 tons2000
Monterey1952Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.199420,000 tons2006
Rhapsody1977Burmeister & Wain199517,095 tons2009
MSC Melody1982CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer)199735,143 tons2013
Angelina Lauro1938Koninklijke MaatschappiN/A24,377 tons1979
Achille Lauro1947Koninklijke MaatschappiN/A23,629 tons1994

Main working area[edit]

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