MSC Cruises

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

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 is the fourth largest cruise operator in the world,[2] after Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line with a 6% share of all passengers carried and cruise revenue in 2012.

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.

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Ships

Lirica class

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageFlagNotes
MSC Armonia2001Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)May 200458,625 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

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

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 Panama
MSC Divina2012STX Europe(St. Nazaire)June 2012139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class. Ordered as MSC Meraviglia and renamed MSC Divina in 2010.

Future ships

ShipClassDeliveryGross TonnagePlanned FlagNotes
MSC PreziosaFantasiaMarch 2013139,400 tons PanamaModified Fantasia-class. Originally ordered for Libyan based General National Maritime Transport.[3]


MSC Orchestra at Istanbul
MSC Magnifica at Amsterdam
MSC Splendida at Barcelona

Former ships

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for MSC
Gross TonnageDisposal year
MSC Symphony1951Wigham Richardson199416,000 tons2000
MSC Monterey1952Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.199420,000 tons2006
MSC Rhapsody1977Burmeister & Wain199517,095 tons2009
MSC Melody1982CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer)199735,143 tons2013

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