Top 10 News Articles in MSC Cruises List of cruise news articles updates on MSC Cruises thoughtout the day en-gb 2023-04-02 Say Hello to MSC Seaview Mediterranean cruise line MSC Cruises are excited to introduce to the world their latest, beautiful ship; MSC Seaview.

Having been built at Fincantieri’s ship yard in Monfalcone, Italy, the traditional delivery ceremony will take place on Monday 4th June, before she traverses the Italian coastline en route to Genoa. It’s here that the glamourous Christening ceremony will take place on the 9th of June.

MSC Seaview will then embark on an inaugural season in some wonderful Mediterranean destinations, including Naples, Valetta, and Barcelona, before spending the winter season in South America. Cruisers will have the option of embarking on the fabulous 19 night Grand Voyage, which begins in Barcelona and ends in Sao Paulo, Brazil, taking in ports including Lisbon, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro along the way.

Sister to MSC Seaside, this ship has also been built with an exceptional focus on the sea. The design blurs lines between in and outside, with passengers enjoying views of the surrounding ocean at almost every turn. Deck 7 in particular offers a fabulous promenade area in which guests can swim, sunbathe, shop, and dine. There are also panoramic elevators onboard, as well glass-floored walks.

Discover upcoming MSC Seaview cruise holidays, to see which venture suits you.

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Sail from Southampton with MSC Cruises Sail from Southampton with MSC Cruises in 2018 and experience Mediterranean style cruising with a British twist onboard MSC Magnifica.

To celebrate Magnifica’s sailings from the UK in 2018, MSC Cruises is bringing some of Britain’s best loved home comforts onboard. From indulgent fish and chips to rip-roaring British comedy or even your favourite cup of tea, MSC Magnifica is transformed into your ideal home away from home.

What’s new onboard Magnifica sailings from Southampton?
You can look forward to..

  • British cruise director
  • British comedy show
  • Beers and cider selection (including draft)
  • Afternoon tea session
  • Curry night
  • Full English (egg station)
  • Sunday roast
  • HP sauce and Marmite (love it or hate it?)
  • Fish and chips
  • 3 course meals
  • Football, Rugby and F1 shown on Sky Sports
  • BBC on TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in staterooms

Where is MSC Magnifica sailing in 2018?

Cruise to the breath-taking Norwegian Fjords or spend half term with the family exploring Spain and France. See the northern capitals including Belgium and Amsterdam or bask in the rays of Portugal.

Browse all of our MSC Magnifica 2018 sailings from Southampton now

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MSC Cruises Confirms order for up to four World Class cruise ships It’s been an exciting week for MSC Cruises. Not only has the Mediterranean cruise line just received delivery of its brand new flagship, MSC Meraviglia; but has also just confirmed an order for up to four new World Class cruise ships.

MSC Meraviglia was received this week at Saint Nazaire’s STX shipyard in a ceremony with special guests including the French President Emanuel Macron. Celebrations will continue this week as Meraviglia is christened on June 3rd in La Havre. Italian superstar Sophia Loren continues to bless each MSC Cruises ship and will be godmother to Meraviglia.

Hailed as the eighth wonder of the world, Meraviglia is the largest ship in Europe and features many new and exciting cruise innovations. MSC for Me technology enhances guest experiences with NFC, whilst an exclusive partnership with Cirque Du Soleil* provides avant-garde entertainment onboard.

Cruise on NEW flagship MSC Meraviglia

During the MSC Meraviglia Flag ceremony MSC Cruises, along with STX France, signed a memorandum of understanding to firm up the order of two 200,000 GRT, LNG-powered mega cruise ships with options for two more vessels. Expected delivery is in 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026.

The new cruise ships will form MSC Cruises World Class and will have maximum capacity for 6,850 guests across 2,760 cabins. Notable features of MSC’s World Class include

  • More balcony cabins
  • Improved stability and hydrodynamics
  • Family friendly villages
  • A panoramic aft
  • A glass pool lounge

Read more on MSC Cruises

*Cirque Du Soleil will be onboard MSC Meraviglia from July 2017

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MSC Cruises will return to the UK MSC Cruises will return to the UK with MSC Magnifica sailing out of Southampton for a long summer season in 2018. MSC Magnifica sailings from Southampton will go on sale at the end of November this year with five new itineraries available.

The welcome return will be three years after MSC Cruises left the UK to focus on fly cruises to the Mediterranean.

MSC Magnifica is the fourth ship in MSC Cruises Musica Class of cruise ships and entered service in 2010. Onboard facilities include an authentic Balinese spa, fitness centre, open air pool complex, indoor pool, theatre, casino and much more. Dining onboard is a delight with 5 restaurants to choose from.

Magnifica will also host MSC Cruises first world cruise. The cruise line announced that Magnifica will sail a 119 day voyage from Genoa in 2019. The world cruise will visit 32 countries across six continents.

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See MSC Meraviglia before anyone else
Announced as the perfect ship for all seasons, MSC Meraviglia will be the largest MSC Cruises ship to date and is scheduled to set sail for the first time in May 2017. Highlights include a futuristic design, innovative onboard technology, new panoramic spaces, a large outdoor waterpark and indoor amusement park.

We have an exclusive 5 night mini fly cruise departing on 11th June 2017 so that you can be onboard for MSC Meraviglia’s first ever sailing season.

The Mediterranean summer journey gives you the chance to make the most out of MSC Meraviglia’s stunning outdoor spaces and will visit Genoa, Naples, Messina (Sicily), Valletta (Malta) and Barcelona. With flights and transfers included and cabins from £849 pp* it is a great way to experience a new wave in cruise ship design whilst soaking up some summer sun.

Find everything you need to know about MSC Meraviglia in the video below.

See all of our current cruise deals for MSC Meraviglia.

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Four megaships ordered for MSC MSC Cruises have released details of a signed letter of intent with STX Shipyard in France for not one, not two but four new LNG powered megaships.

The new ships will represent a new “World Class” generation of cruise ships for MSC, the first of which is expected for delivery in 2022.

The new class of ships will be LNG-powered, utilising natural gases and minimising environmental impact. Weighing more than 200,000 tons and comfortably accommodating up to 5,400 passengers at double occupancy.

“The new MSC Cruises’ World Class prototype will feature – amongst other highly innovative elements – a record-breaking, futuristically-conceived design that will make the ship a truly unique place to be at sea, whilst maximizing the open air space available to guests.” - said MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago of the new ships.

Dates of arrival span 2022-2026 with more details to come.

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MSC create exclusive Bahamian island for guests MSC Cruises will be creating their own exclusive island resort for their Caribbean cruise guests, with the help of the Bahamian Government.

In an extensive two year development plan estimated to cost around $200 million, the current cay will be transformed into a conservation resource enhancing the local economy. Work will begin in March 2016 and the island resort will be known as Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

The Ocean Cay project will be the largest island development by a cruise line in the Caribbean and an industry first for the marine reserve island experience. Covering 95 acres, it will feature some of the finest beaches in the world.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is expected to be open from December 2017 and guests sailing on the inaugural cruise of MSC’s newest ship MSC Seaside will be the first to experience and enjoy the brand new destination. Notable features of the new island reserve include a purpose built 2,000 seat amphitheatre with live music and entertainment, many restaurants and bars offering local specialities, a dedicated family beach, an inland lagoon, thrilling zip wire and a wedding pavilion.

An exclusive corner of the island will also be reserved for MSC Yacht Club guests, featuring a luxurious spa and wellness centre with private bungalows.

Open from December 2017, guests can visit Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on Caribbean cruises with MSC Divina, MSC Seaside, MSC Opera and MSC Armonia.]]> 2015-12-17
MSC Lirica to homeport in Shanghai
MSC Lirica is recently refurbed as part of MSC Cruises extensive Renaissance Programme and will be based in Shanghai from May 2016 offering year round trips. This will occur post a 60 day itinerary including South America and the Mediterranean.

Bringing a Mediterranean way of cruising to the Chinese market, the refreshed MSC Lirica will also deliver cutting edge technology and innovative cruising to MSC Cruises Chinese guests. More than 30 percent of the crew will be fluent in Mandarin along with signage, menus etc making the ship suitable for Chinese holiday makers.

“We are convinced that the newly-renovated MSC Lirica will bring exciting new holiday-making choices to Chinese guests and are looking forward to welcoming numerous would-be cruisers aboard” said Chen Xiaobing, President of CAISSA Touristic Group.

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Carnival Cruise to Cuba Fathom from May 2016. This announcement comes after permission approval from US authorities and a continuing effort between the USA and Cuba to “normalise relations”, alleviating heavy restrictions on tourism from the US.

Cuba cruises with Fathom will feature week long itineraries with cultural, artistic and social impact led activities involving travellers and the local Cuban community.

Tara Russell president of Fathom explained “After establishing the Dominican Republic as our first partner destination, Cuba represents an important step for us to expand our ability to offer meaningful and enriching experiences to purpose-driven travellers.”

As international relations with Cuba advance for the first time in 50 years, the destination is expected to feature as a firm favourite amongst cruisers and holidaymakers.

MSC Cruises will be the first to call Havana a homeport with MSC Opera in the winter of this year.

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MSC To Return to UK MSC Cruises will return to the UK next year with various sailings from the popular port of Southampton.

After pulling out of the UK last year the line have now seen the demand and potential to base ships at the UK port. The Fantasia-class ship, MSC Splendida will sail six itineraries from Southampton during summer 2016. Among these sailings will be MSC's first ever round-Britain itinerary from Southampton.

Giles Hawke, MSC Executive Director said "A lot of our guests and agents have been asking us to base a ship in the UK. People love travelling with us and want to embark in the UK with us."

Among the line's new 2016 programme will be Northern Europe cruises and longer Mediterranean sailings. For the first time a Fantasia-class ship will also operate the Dubai winter season, calling at Bahrain for the first time.

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