MSC Cruises currently operates 16 cruise ships and is the world’s largest privately held cruise company.
With cruise ships all around the world, MSC is the fourth largest cruise line, behind Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Here is a list of every MSC cruise ship in order from newest to oldest. The list will be updated as new ships are added to the fleet and as older ships are retired.
The ships range from the 65,542 ton Lirica class entering service in 2003 to the 171,598 ton Meraviglia class.
The majority of MSC cruise ships operate in Europe with a growing number of sailings to the Caribbean.
MSC Bellissima debuted in March of 2019 as the 2nd Meraviglia class ship with MSC Cruises. This 4,500 passenger smart ship has the largest LED dome at sea, a chocolate factory, an indoor basketball court in the sports zone, and an impressive water park. Read our post on 7 things we loved about MSC Bellissima and see our full video review of the ship here.
The 2nd Seaside class ship with MSC, Seaview debuted in June of 2018. The 153,516 ton ship can accommodate 5,179 passengers. This was the 3rd ship to enter service for MSC in a period of just 12 months.
Entering service for MSC Cruises in November of 2017, MSC Seaside was named the hottest cruise ship of the year. The new design allowed for passengers to enjoy more outdoor space on the open decks. The ship was christened in Miami, Florida and has been called “The ship that follows the sun”. Read our post on 8 reasons to cruise on MSC Seaside.
MSC Meraviglia was the largest ship MSC had ever built. The ship debuted in May of 2017 and at the time was the 4th largest cruise ship in the world at 171,598 tons. Meraviglia can accommodate 4,500 passengers.
MSC Preziosa debuted in March of 2013 as the 4th ship in the Fantasia class. The ship is an enhanced version of the original MSC Fantasia and is identical to MSC Divina at 139,400 tons.
MSC Divina was the first enhanced Fantasia class ship with MSC. The 139,400 ton ship debuted in June of 2012 and has a capacity of 3,500 passengers. Read our post on the must-see features of MSC Divina here.
The 4th Musica class ship, MSC Magnifica entered service in March of 2010. The 95,128 ton ship can carry 2,550 passengers at double capacity and cost $547 million to build. Magnifica has already done one World Cruise and will sail for another in 2020.
The 2nd Fantasia class ship, MSC Splendida is a 137,936 ton ship that debuted in July of 2009. The ship was originally to be named Serenata but was changed to Splendida to reflect the ship’s beauty and elegance.
The first Fantasia class ship, MSC Fantasia debuted in December of 2008. At 137,936 tons, Fantasia was the largest cruise ship operated by MSC until MSC Divina was built. This ship can carry 3,900 passengers.
The 3rd Musica class ship, MSC Poesia debuted in October of 2008. The 96,627 ton ship was the first MSC ship named outside of Italy and was the flagship of the cruise line until MSC Fantasia entered service.
MSC Orchestra debuted in May of 2007. The 92,409 ton ship was the second Musical class vessel with MSC and after a refit can now carry 3,200 cruise passengers.
MSC Musica debuted in July of 2006 as the first Musica class ship with MSC. The 92,409 ton ship can accommodate 2,550 passengers.
Once a flagship of the cruise line, MSC Opera is the 4th Lirica class ship. Although Opera debuted in 2004 it was the 3rd Lirica class ship to undergo the “Renaissance Program” that added some lounges, a new buffet, spray park, and restaurant.
MSC Lirica is an identical design to MSC Opera and was first debuted in March of 2003. This was the first newbuild ship to enter service for MSC cruises as the first two ships were acquired from another line. Lirica is a 65,591 ton vessel after it’s last refurbishment and can carry 2,366 passengers.
MSC Sinfonia debuted for MSC in March of 2005 but was originally built in 2002. The 2nd Lirica class ship, Sinfonia was originally built for another cruise line that is no longer in operation: Festival Cruises. This is a 65,542 ton vessel that can accommodate 2,679 passengers.
MSC Armonia was built in 2001 and entered service for MSC in May of 2004. Originally built for the now defunct Festival Cruises, Armonia was refurbished in 2014 with the Renaissance Program updates that upgraded some of the public areas. The ship is 65,542 tons and can carry 2,679 passengers.
Future MSC Ships
The next 3 ships to debut with MSC Cruises will be MSC Grandiosa in November of 2019, MSC Virtuosa in September of 2020, and MSC Seashore in May of 2021. Grandiosa and Virtuosa will be Meraviglia Plus class ships at 181,000 tons and Seashore will be the first Seaside Evo class ship at 169,000 tons.
The 205,700 ton World Class I will debut in May of 2022 and will be fueled by Liquid Natural Gas.
MSC Cruises has a total of 13 cruise ships either under construction or on order.