MSC Cruises’ First Meraviglia Plus Ship to Be Named MSC Grandiosa

The first ship in MSC Cruises’ new Meraviglia Plus class will be named MSC Grandiosa, Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said during two back-to-back ceremonies that marked key construction milestones for two of the line’s upcoming new cruise ships.

Held at STX France, the two events celebrated the coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima, the second ship in the line’s new Meraviglia class, and the steel cutting ceremony for MSC Grandiosa, the first ship in the line’s new Meraviglia Plus class. The two ships are due to launch in March 2019 and November 2019, respectively.

At the event Vago said that the MSC Grandiosa would sail with a new “fine art museum at sea,” and that it would be the third of four MSC Cruises ships to include the Cirque du Soleil at Sea concept, hosted in the custom-built Carousel Lounge. The two ships will also incorporate a number of sustainability features, including hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems, SCR-Catalysts, updated waste management and recycling capabilities, emission-reducing energy and heat recovery systems and advanced wastewater treatment.

FREE CRUISE NEWSLETTER

Like This Story? Subscribe to the Cruise Newsletter!

The latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments in the cruise industry. Keep up on the latest cruise industry news.

The Meraviglia Plus class of ships builds on the line’s new Meraviglia class, which includes the MSC Meraviglia that launched in June 2017 and the MSC Bellissima. They will have a maximum capacity of 6,334 guests, as well as a number of new original shows. A total of eight shows will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships. Each of the four ships will sail with two brand new contrasting shows, with the first two debuted on MSC Meraviglia in June this year. Creative work is underway on two more shows for MSC Bellissima.

MSC Cruises currently has four new cruise ships under construction – MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview, MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa – with the MSC Seaside set to be delivered in two weeks in Miami. The line’s overall $10 billion investment plan calls for six out of a total of 11 new ships to come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, more than doubling MSC Cruises’ fleet capacity in three and a half years.

Sales are currently open for MSC Bellissima’s inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean, while the opening of sales for MSC Grandiosa is set to be announced soon.

Related Stories

MSC Announces Second World Cruise in 2020

MSC Cruises Offers New Mediterranean Itinerary for 2018

MSC Cruises’ New Seaview Celebrates Float Out

Holly Sievers, Brett Draper Join MSC Cruises USA Sales Team

Suggested Articles

The 72-room property has been rebranded and reimagined with wellness travelers in mind. More here.

A guide to the top luxury hotels in Florence, including the best service, Arno views, beautiful gardens and opulent interiors. See more here.

This week in air travel saw a number of updates on the 737 Max, as well as the lifting of airspace restrictions over the Persian Gulf. Here's what you…