MSC Cruises is marking six months before the launch of its first Meraviglia Plus-class ship: MSC Grandiosa. Set to debut on November 9 in the Port of Hamburg, MSC Grandiosa will be the largest in the fleet and the fifth next-generation ship MSC Cruises has launched in just two and a half years as part of its more than 10 year, $15.6 billion investment plan.
Similar to its sibling vessels, MSC Grandiosa will also have a Mediterranean promenade at its heart. The central area is filled with boutiques, restaurants and shopping spots. Under the 323-foot-long LED "sky," guests can also enjoy a varied entertainment program, as well as specialty restaurants -- including the new restaurant concept L'Atelier Bistrot, a French-inspired bar with lounge area, which offers a stage, dance floor and a seated terrace.
As part of a long-term partnership with MSC Cruises, the entertainment highlights will include two brand-new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea.For six nights a week, guests on the cruise ship will be able to experience the shows at carousel lounge.
The cruise ship is scheduled to spend the winter season in the Mediterranean, sailing to destinations such as Barcelona, Palermo, Marseille and Valletta.
Designed for all seasons, MSC Grandiosa will include a virtual personal cruise assistant, ZOE. This artificial intelligence service will answer guest questions in the comfort of their staterooms, a feature of the connected cruise experience, MSC for Me.
For the upcoming christening in November, the highlight of the christening ceremony will be TV star Michelle Hunziker hosting the events. Hunziker, internationally known as a TV presenter, actress and singer, also hosted the christening of MSC Seaview in Genoa in 2018.
The inaugural winter season for MSC Grandiosa will include explorations of Western Mediterranean destinations. Cruisers can also be one of the first to experience this ship with highlight itineraries including:
- November 10, 2019: Inaugural 11-night repositioning cruise from Hamburg, Germany visiting Southampton, U.K. (overnight stay); Lisbon, Portugal (overnight stay); Barcelona, Spain (overnight stay); and Marseille, France (overnight stay). Prices start at $1,569 per person for a balcony stateroom.
- November 21, 2019: 8-night cruise from Marseille, France visiting Genoa, Italy (overnight stay); Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Barcelona, Spain. Prices start at $949 per person for a balcony stateroom.
- December 7, 2019: 7-night cruise from Genoa, Italy visiting Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. Prices start at $859 per person for a balcony stateroom.
MSC Grandiosa will be followed by a further 12 ships through to 2027 with her sister ship, MSC Virtuosa launching next October 2020. To learn more about MSC Grandiosa visit www.msccruises.com