Posts Tagged ‘Meraviglia’

MSC: New ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ Shows

May 18, 2017


MSC Cruises have revealed the names and concepts for their two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Meraviglia, which enters service on June 4th, 2017.


Malcolm says: It’s nice to see the major cruising offering entertainment beyond the normal ‘flesh & feathers’ type, which may best appeal to the more mature audience.


Carousel Lounge – built specifically for CDS shows (MSC)

Full ‘Seatrade’ article: HERE

Malcolm says: The ‘Carousel Lounge’ looks a little similar to RCI’s ‘360 Degree’ lounge on-board their ‘Anthem’ class vessels, also located at the stern, although RCI’s is VERY hi-tech indeed. In fact a number of Meraviglia’s features are not unlike RCI’s, such as MSC’s version of the ‘Royal Promenade’, but with a digital Sky.


Meraviglia Promenade (MSC)

MSC Meraviglia Seatrials

May 3, 2017

MSC’s new MSC Meraviglia completed her second round of sea trials on Sunday April 30.

MSC Meraviglia, (“Wonder” in English) is the lead ship of MSC’s new Vista class vessels with a gross tonnage of 167 600 and can accommodate 5,700 passengers.

MSC Meraviglia is the first of two identical ships on order from STX France, her sister being named “Bellissima.”

Meraviglia will be delivery in May 2017 and spends its first summer sailing the Western Mediterranean with three homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.


MSC Cuts Steel For Bellissima

December 5, 2016

MSC Cruises held a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, on Monday 28th November 2016, to mark the start of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia (‘Wonder’ in Italian) class of ships.

The 5,700-passenger ship will jointly hold the title of largest cruise ship in the world, in terms of passenger capacity, when she comes into service in June 2019 with sister ship MSC Meraviglia.

MSC Cruises is investing an astonishing $10.2 billion in fleet expansion, which will see the line’s capacity triple over the next ten years.

MSC Bellissima is the fourth of 11 next-generation ships due to come into service over this period between now and 2020. Two more ships (the Meraviglia-Plus class) will have an even greater passenger capacity of 6,300 and are expected to enter service in October 2019 and September 2020.

Just last week the line celebrated the float out of its newest and largest ship, so far. MSC Seaside.


Meraviglia Floats, Bellissima Gets Named

September 2, 2016
(Courtesy STX)

(Courtesy STX)

On September the 2nd 2016, at the STX France shipyard, MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of the MSC Meraviglia (Wonder), which will enter service in June 2017.

Meraviglia is 167,000 gross tonnes and will carry up to 5,700 passengers. There will be an internal promenade with a digital sky.

MSC Cruises also revealed that its second Meraviglia class ship, which will enter service in Spring 2019, will be named MSC Bellissima (Beautiful).


Meraviglia will be christened in Le Havre

February 17, 2016
Queen Mary 2 Le Havre

Queen Mary 2 Le Havre

MSC Cruises announced that its newbuild, MSC Meraviglia, will be christened in Le Havre on June 1 2017, a year in which the French port is celebrating its 500 year anniversary. She will then be positioned in Marseille for her inaugural Mediterranean season.

MSC also announced that it was confirming two options for delivery in October 2019 and September 2020 but that these will be 16m longer with an extra 200 cabins. The Meraviglia-plus class will be the first cruiseships to each host a fine arts museum on board, displaying classic and contemporary originals from collections around the world.


(MSC image - Click to enlarge)

(MSC image – Click to enlarge)

Malcolm says: It’s become quite a common phenomenon is the ship building world: A cruise line builds a class of multiple ships, but after the first few, they start to build them bigger. They often add an extra deck and/or make the ship a little longer, increasing the passenger capacity.  I’ve heard it referred to as “cruise ship creep”. (Kevin Griffin) 

Meraviglia-plus will be around 10,000 gross tonnes bigger than Meraviglia.

NCL’s newbuilds are  another good example: the ‘Breakaway’ class morphed into the ‘Breakaway Plus’ and gained around 20,000 gross tonnes.

It’s not a new idea, Princess’s ‘Grans Class’ gained an extra deck as did Carnival’s ‘Vista’ and ‘Destiny’ classes. Even RCI’s new ‘Harmony of the Seas’ will be a little bigger than her sisters.

Meraviglia Interiors HERE