MSC Cruises Ships by Size, Age and Class (Updated 2022)

MSC Grandiosa

MSC Cruises has an active fleet of 19 ships currently. They plan to launch a further two more ships in 2022 (MSC Seascape and MSC World Europa) which will bring them to 22 ships – one of the largest cruise line fleets in the world.

Introduction to MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is a Swiss-Italian cruise line, founded back in 1989 in Naples, Italy.

A sibling company of the giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), MSC has strong roots connecting it with the sea dating back to 1675.

Since 1989, MSC Cruises has built a formidable fleet of cruise ships, with the last few years adding several brand new ships per year on average and an order book with many more to come.

Whilst the cruise shutdown of 2020 stopped MSC from sailing briefly, they were quick to continue the building of their new ships and did not sell off any of their current vessels.

This guide will help you work out which MSC Cruises’ ship is which!

MSC Ships Frequently Asked Questions

MSC Ships by Size (from largest to smallest)

Ship NameTonnage (GRT)Passengers (Max)Length (Metres)Decks
MSC Virtuosa181,5416,33433119
MSC Grandiosa181,5416,33433119
MSC Bellissima171,5985,65531619
MSC Meraviglia171,5985,64231619
MSC Seashore169,4005,63233920
MSC Seaside153,5165,08432320
MSC Seaview153,5165,07932320
MSC Preziosa139,0724,34533318
MSC Divina139,0724,34533318
MSC Splendida137,9364,36333318
MSC Fantasia137,9364,36333318
MSC Magnifica95,1283,01329413
MSC Poesia92,6273,01329413
MSC Orchestra92,4093,01329413
MSC Musica92,4093,01329413
MSC Opera65,5912,57927513
MSC Lirica65,5912,54827513
MSC Sinfonia65,5422,54627513
MSC Armonia65,5422,52027513

What does ‘Tonnage (GRT)’ mean?

GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) is a term used to calculate the volume inside a ship. It is a measure of cubic capacity and is calculated by the total volume from inside the hull and decks of the ship. 1 GRT = 100 cubic feet of space. In essence, the bigger the GRT – the more ‘space’ the ship has for passengers, cargo, etc.

How are ‘Passengers (Max)’ calculated?

You’ll see multiple numbers for passengers on ships – this is because many ships include extra beds in cabins (such as the sofa/couch can convert to a pull-out bed) – but the majority of cabins usually have 2 people in them. the ‘Max’ number is if every cabin used their additional pull-out bed, etc. This number is unlikely to be reached very frequently.

MSC Ships by Age (from newest to oldest)

Ship NameBuilt
MSC EuribiaDue 2023
MSC World EuropaDue Dec 2022
MSC SeascapeDue Nov 2022
MSC Seashore2021
MSC Virtuosa2021
MSC Grandiosa2019
MSC Bellissima2019
MSC Seaview2018
MSC Seaside2017
MSC Meraviglia2017
MSC Preziosa2013
MSC Divina2012
MSC Magnifica2010
MSC Splendida2009
MSC Fantasia2008
MSC Poesia2008
MSC Orchestra2007
MSC Musica2006
MSC Opera2004
MSC Lirica2003
MSC Sinfonia2002
MSC Armonia2001

Are all MSC ships new builds?

Only two of MSC Cruises’ ships (MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia) are not new-builds for MSC Cruises. These two ships are ex-Festival Cruises ships (previously named European Vision and European Stars).

They were acquired when Festival Cruises went bankrupt and MSC Cruises purchased them for their operations.

MSC Cruises chose to use a modified version of the European-class ships and built MSC Lirica and her twin sister, MSC Opera.

MSC Ships by Class (from newest to oldest)

Ship NameClass
MSC World EuropaWorld class
MSC SeascapeSeaside EVO class
MSC SeashoreSeaside EVO class
MSC EuribiaMeraviglia Plus class
MSC VirtuosaMeraviglia Plus class
MSC GrandiosaMeraviglia Plus class
MSC BellissimaMeraviglia class
MSC MeravigliaMeraviglia class
MSC SeaviewSeaside class
MSC SeasideSeaside class
MSC PreziosaFantasia class
MSC DivinaFantasia class
MSC SplendidaFantasia class
MSC FantasiaFantasia class
MSC MagnificaMusica class
MSC PoesiaMusica class
MSC OrchestraMusica class
MSC MusicaMusica class
MSC OperaLirica class
MSC LiricaLirica class
MSC SinfoniaLirica class
MSC ArmoniaLirica class

What is the Meraviglia Plus class?

The Meraviglia Plus class was built after the success of MSC Meraviglia. The Plus class is an extended version of the ship (approx 15m longer) and has slightly larger facilities, including more cabins – giving an extra passenger capacity of 679 (MSC Grandiosa – 6,334 compared to MSC Meraviglia 5,642).

What is the Seaside EVO class?

The Seaside EVO class was built after the success of MSC Seaside. This class is 16m longer, offering bigger facilities throughout the ship and more cabins. This enables a higher passenger capacity over the existing Seaside class of 548 passengers (MSC Seashore 5,632 compared to MSC Seaside 5,084)

Additionally, newer classes of MSC ships are more environmentally advanced, offering enhanced wastewater treatment facilities and enhanced selective catalytic reductions (i.e reduced emissions).

Final Thoughts

When it comes to choosing an MSC Cruise ship for your cruise there is a vast range of ships that are perfect whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or as a family.

Look out for our detailed guide on the different MSC classes shortly!

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