A resort ship that accommodates over 1,700 passengers. Guests can dine on fine, authentic Italian-style dishes, and relax with a variety of entertainment options aimed towards both adults and children. The ship provides a glamorous, eye-catching interior, featuring fine woodworks, marble floors, and acres of vibrant fabrics.
Onboard Experiences: MSC∘ are the first line to implement their unique experience system. There are four different 'experiences' to choose from when booking the holiday, each comes with specially designated rooms and benefits.
The options are:
Bella: Experience a dream cruise with the people who know the seas better than anyone. 'Bella' experiences are the great-value way to enjoy the comforts of life onboard an elegant, modern cruise ship. Relax in a well-equipped cabin and savour the wide variety of superb specialities onboard, with the chance to request your preferred dinner sitting. What's more, you can spoil yourself with the delights of a gourmet buffet that's open 20 hours a day. Enjoy Broadway-style entertainment and a packed programme of daily activities organised by our multilingual team of friendly personnel. Take advantage of the pool, cutting-edge panoramic gym and open-air sports facilities to stay in shape and earn MSC Club points, so you can enjoy even more benefits on your next cruise!
Fantastica: Savour the Mediterranean∘ way of life with a cruise dedicated to comfort and flexibility. 'Fantastica' experiences offer all the benefits of 'Bella', plus a variety of extra privileges. Choose from prestigious cabins (including SuperFamily where available) located on the upper decks, with rapid access to lifts and lounges. Make use of the freedom to change your booking details if necessary, including passenger names and departure dates: even cancellation is flexible. Enjoy 24-hour-a-day room service with free delivery and priorit choice of dining times in the gourmet restaurants. Have fun with dedicated activities for children, like foreign language games and Master Chef cooking sessions with our staff all while earning MSC Clup points!
Aurea: Put well-being, pampering and peace of mind∘ at the heart of your cruise. In addition to all the features of 'Bella' and 'Fantastica', the 'Aurea' experiences offer a series of relaxing benefits for body and soul. Embark smoothly with priority boarding then relax in an elegant cabin where you'll find a set of complimentary well-being products and a bathrobe and slippers. Dine at the time of your choice in a reserved area of the restaurant, enjoying unlimited free drinks with every meal. Bask in the exclusivity of a private sun deck (available only for adults) and, best of all, take advantage of a fantastic spa package including a welcome cocktail, Balinese massage, solar shower, private consultation∘ and unrestricted use of the Thermal Area throughout your cruise. Set sail for pure relaxation.
MSC Yacht Club: The epitome of elegance and luxury at sea, MSC Yacht Club offers a cruise experience like no other. Lavishly appointed suites, an exclusive 24-hour butler service and a dedicated concierge∘ are only the start. All-inclusive à la carte meals served at your preferred time in the private restaurant, unlimited drinks in all MSC Yacht Club areas or from your mini-bar and exclusive access to The One Sun Deck and Top Sail Lounge are just some of the other privileges. So, if you're looking for exclusivity and privacy in a world of choice, the MSC Yacht Club is the ultimate solution.
Guests with special needs should inform MSC Cruises of their needs, ideally, at the time of booking, or at the very latest, no more than seven days before departure.
Accessible Cabins are available, and should be requested at the time of booking.
All decks, public areas and tenders have been designed to be as accessible as possible for guests with reduced mobility.
Wheelchairs are available onboard to assist with embarkation or disembarkation only in the case of an emergency.
In the interest of safety, guests with hearing impairments must travel with a carer. Passengers with partial hearing disabilities can travel alone, as long as they request the installation of a TDD System kit in their cabin. This kit is available across the whole fleet, but only in limited numbers.
Trained, certified and healthy guide dogs are allowed onboard, assuming that they possess all documentation for entering any and all foreign countries visited during the course of the voyage.
The medical facilities and equipment onboard may not be adequate enough to deal with a birth or any pregnancy complications. Therefore, for safety reasons, MSC are unable to admit any women onboard who have reached or exceeded their 24th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise.
Any guests with food intolerances and/or allergies are asked to inform MSC Cruises of their requirements through the Special Needs form (available online). Once onboard, guests must confirm their needs at the Reception, and with the Maitre d'Hôtel.
Casual wear is advised is advised for life onboard and shore excursions. For informal evenings, summery dresses for women and a lightweight jacket for men are recommended. For Gala evenings and Parties, slightly more formal dress is advised. For any formal evenings, cocktail dresses for ladies, and a lightweight suit or dinner jacket for the gentlemen onboard.
MSC Cruises advise bringing a jumper or shawl in your luggage to be prepared for changes in temperature in-between the air conditioned interior of the ship and the deck areas.
For visits to religious sites, appropriate clothing is recommended. This means covering knees, shoulders, and no low-cut tops.
MSC Cruises∘ is making significant investments into improving air quality. As part of a broader approach to limit sulphur and other emissions in ports and in specific operating areas, we are taking various steps to improve our performance.
All of our newly-built ships either have hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems∘ (EGCS) installed or will be fuelled by LNG. For the longer-serving ships in our fleet, we have a robust retrofitting programme focused on equipping our older ships with hybrid EGCS technology.
Our hybrid EGCS systems can operate in a in open or closed loop, and achieve a higher level of emission reductions than using marine ultra-low sulphur fuel to comply with the regulations.
If we’re not using an EGCS, we are using ultra low-sulphur fuels in all ports in Europe and while underway in sensitive locations.
By the end of 2019:
- 11 of 17 MSC Cruises ships will be equipped withexhaust gas cleaning systems
- 74% of our total berths will be covered by exhaust gas cleaning technology
What is an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System?
An EGCS∘ quite literally ‘cleans’ the exhaust gas, actively removing particles and certain emissions from the engine exhaust. The system consists of several components, the most important acting as a network of showers that ‘washes’ the exhaust gas, removing up to 97% of the sulphur dioxide and greatly reducing particulate matter. Our newest ships MSC Bellissima, MSC Seaview, MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia, have all been delivered with such systems installed.
To help reduce in-port emissions, our latest classes of ships are designed for shore-to-ship power supply. Port authorities around the world are increasingly studying this option and we consider this to be another technology that can potentially help reduce air emissions in port areas. All our cruise ships coming into service from 2017 onwards are already equipped to receive shore side power. In addition, we are prepared to retrofit our existing ships as necessary should shore-to-ship power systems become more widely available.
Voyage planning software
An optimised itinerary means a reduced consumption of energy. We plan our itineraries efficiently and use specialised software to optimise sailing routes and berthing times.
Optimising∘ trim requires constant readjustment. Our ships are equipped with a software application to monitor and optimise trim in real-time. This technology supports ship officers to keep the vessel’s trim optimised to reduce fuel consumption and improve performance.
Ships are naturally prone to barnacles algae and marine organisms. These can increase drag and make vessels less efficient. By using anti-fouling paint on the hulls of all the ships, we keep them as streamlined as they can be. It’s TBT-free: we strive to keep toxic substances as far from the ocean as possible.
High efficiency appliances
Reducing our carbon footprint is not just about grand gestures; everyday electricity use is equally important. Energy-efficient appliances including refrigerators, water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers across our fleet help us keep our carbon footprint lower.
Energy saving LED lighting
Our ships only use energy-efficient LED and fluorescent lighting, saving energy by producing the same amount of light per bulb at a lower wattage.
Smart heating, ventilation & air conditioning system (HVCA)
The HVAC systems on board our ships are designed to reduce energy consumption. They distribute heat and cold intelligently, and are set up to recover heat from warmer areas of a ship in order to heat those which need it more.
From the first line we draw on paper when we design a new ship, to the final light bulb we install, energy efficiency∘ is always the first element we take into consideration.
We have one of the most modern fleets at sea∘ and have designed∘ and developed six different ship classes∘ Every class always pushes the level of excellence of the earlier ship.
When we build new ships, we don’t build copies of existing models. For every new class of ship we completely revise the design of our ships to achieve optimal efficiency. We rethink the ship’s overall structure∘, deck space, weight distribution including the ship’s hull, rudder and bulbous bow to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximise energy and fuel efficiency.
MSC Meraviglia carries 20% more guests than our Fantasia Class but requires the same amount of energy.
Fresh water is a finite resource. Our philosophy∘ is to use it sparingly and efficiently. To this end, we take as many steps as possible to reduce our water consumption. From technologies to reduce water usage, to awareness∘campaigns∘ on board our ships to encourage water responsibility, MSC Cruises leads the way with water preservation.
As a general rule, we do not take away water from ports and coastal communities: virtually all water we use on board is self-produced.
Fresh Water Production Plants∘ are present across our entire fleet. While our most recent ships have high performance water production technologies as standard, our oldest class of ships have been recently upgraded with modern high efficiency systems with increased water production capacity.
On a cabin level, we equip all our ship with vacuum lavatories, which require very little flushing water.
We produce thousands of litres of fresh tap water per day from seawater. On our largest ships, we have the capacity to produce over 2 million litres of tap water per day. Doing this sustainably is an essential part of our philosophy on water and the sea.
No black wastewater from our shipboard operations leaves our ships without proper treatment and any discharges∘ from our fleet undergo a comprehensive purification process.
In 2008, when launching our Fantasia Class∘ of ships, we started to equip our ships with Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems. An Advanced Waste Water Treatment System treats waste water to a very high quality by mixing different waste streams together and filtering out the larger components. What comes out on the other end then gets processed even further through very fine filtration and treatment processes, to produce water discharges of a higher standard than most municipal wastewater requirements around the world.
Through our AWTS systems, hazardous substances and pollutants are filtered out and digested by bacteria. To avoid risking harm to marine life, the remaining purified wastewater is disinfected by UV processing and never chlorine. We monitor key indicators to ensure any remaining bacteria levels are favourable before discharge.
As a result of this process, the wastewater∘ that we discharge reaches near tap water quality.
The separated solid residue∘ is removed from the cycle. It is then dried, compacted and compressed into high-grade pellets. These pellets can act a source of fuel for specific onboard energy needs. Depending on the cruise itinerary, we may also offload this dried biomass ashore, where it can be repurposed for energy production.
Other liquid waste that may be hazardous∘ to the environment such as cooking oil, oily water, machinery lubricants and cleaning products are never discharged into the sea, but are offloaded ashore by authorised companies.
Our Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems∘ process wastewater to near tap water quality.
To protect the marine ecosystem∘ in which the ship sails, our ships∘ are fitted with a ballast water treatment system that complies with the standards set by the international governing body for Ballast Water Management, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This system prevents against the involuntary introduction of invasive marine species.
Throughout the years, we have taken voluntary steps∘ to equip our ships with state-of-the-art solid waste management and recycling facilities on board. We manage our waste streams in accordance∘ with CLIA’s sound environmental principles and comply with all regulatory MARPOL∘ requirements to prevent marine pollution.
All organic waste, as well as recyclable disposable∘ items including plastics, metals, paper and glass, are collected and separated by specially trained waste handling crew members. Waste is compacted, separated or incinerated, and residual waste is carefully delivered to dedicated port facilities.
Training our crew, not only to handle waste, but to understand the importance of waste management, is central to what we do. Our crew members receive ongoing training to ensure they remain abreast∘ of the highest standards.
As we welcome over 2 million guests on board our ships, solid waste or “garbage” management is a key area of focus and our practices aim at reducing, reusing, recycling the waste we generate. Our ships are equipped with a comprehensive and coherent system to manage all waste aspects on board and ashore and every ship has a waste management plan that details how each type of waste is managed on board.
Every ship in our fleet has an Environmental Officer to make sure our Environmental Plan is correctly executed and is in charge of the onboard garbage management. The Officer has the duty to instruct and train the Crew about garbage management rules on board.
Under our Plastics Reduction Programme∘, MSC Cruises is in the final phase of effectively eliminating an extensive number of plastic items from all its ship operations and ashore, and will replace them with environmentally-friendly solutions.
As a first step, the Company∘ has already replaced all plastic straws with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes. Moreover, drinks are no longer automatically be served with a straw. Guests who may require a straw will still be able to choose from a variety of environmentally-friendly options.
MSC Cruises is working with a range of international and local suppliers in areas where the ships are deployed and is providing eco-friendly alternatives made of 100% biodegradable resins, consisting of renewable resources including corn- or sugar-based polylactic acid, bamboo, paper or other organic materials. In addition, the Company is also actively working with suppliers at all levels in the supply chain to effectively remove single-use plastics in products and packaging wherever possible.
This is an ongoing journey and when technology doesn’t yet allow for sustainable non-plastic substitution, MSC Cruises wants to ensure all remaining disposable plastic waste items are recycled correctly.
Our environmental efforts are an ongoing journey. We will keep exploring and developing new solutions for our future – and existing – ships and will be fitting our fleet with even more innovative solutions for a lower environmental impact.
We will be powering some of our future ships with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Compared∘ to standard marine diesel using conventional fuel, LNG reduces SOx emissions by more than 99% and NOx emissions by up to 85%. It also largely eliminates particulate matter in the exhaust.
Our first LNG-powered ship will enter into service in 2022. Others will follow in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2027.
Despite its benefits, only a few ports globally can accommodate LNG bunkering operations currently. We will continue to show commitment to this innovative fuel and remain confident∘ that the current supply chain challenges will be overcome.
While we believe that LNG is one of the key elements that will allow us to continue reducing the cruise industry’s impact on the environment, it is by no means the only one∘.
In addition, we will be equipping all of our future new builds with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. SCR technology helps reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) into harmless nitrogen (N2) and water through advanced active emissions control technology.
MSC Grandiosa will be our first ship equipped with SCR technology. All following ships will be fitted with this technology.
Our environmental concern∘ is part of our ongoing journey. We will keep exploring and developing new solutions∘ for our future – and existing – ships and will be providing our fleet with even more innovative solutions for a lower environmental impact.
Features a double bed, which can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, shampoo & shower gel,TV, telephone, cable internet connection (for a fee), mini-bar, safe deposit box.
Features a double bed, which can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, TV, telephone, cable internet connection (for a fee), mini-bar, safe deposit box.
Features a bedroom with separate living area with up to four berths. Double bed can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.
Features a porthole∘ and a double bed, which can be converted into two singles. Also includes; air conditioning, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, towels, shampoo & shower gel, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.
Window with sea view, comfortable double or single beds (on request), relaxing armchair, TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar, bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer, surface approx. from 11 to 13 sq.m.
Features a double bed, which can be converted into two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, spacious wardrobe, bathroom∘ with shower, hairdryer, towels, shampoo & shower gel, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.
Whilst en route to a number of beautiful destinations around the world, be dazzled by the choice of entertainment options onboard. MSC Opera offers a rich programme of spectacular shows, impressive theatre performances, live music, and dance until dawn nightlife.
MSC offer a rich entertainment programme with music and activities, day and night. There are a wide variety of theatrical performances, from circus shows to opera and international musicals, showing six shows a week with 25 stage artists. A great variety of music is on offer, from live performances to club nights with DJs. Theme days and nights are also hosted on the ship, which include White Parties, beer festivals, MSC Factor, Hollywood Nights and karaoke.
713 seat theatre, and the main show lounge onboard. Offers tiered seating, and features small-scale production shows and cabaret performances.
Full gaming casino which offers roulette, poker, blackjack, and slot machines. It is open until late at night whilst at sea. Tournaments are regularly held onboard, and there are surprise promotions offered for those who play the slots - the winners are picked at random.
Late-night bar and nightclub with a 450 square foot dance floor.
Show lounge, with piano and bar and 193 square foot dance floor.
The ship's card room is located on deck 7 and seats 28 guests.
On MSC Opera guests can choose from 8 bars, inspired by different themes and inimitable in their wine and food selection, thus satisfying even the most sophisticated and demanding palates. These include the Caruso Lounge and The Cotton Club Bar.