MSC Cruises ships by size

MSC Cruises has made significant investments in shipbuilding over the past 20 years, resulting in today’s diverse fleet that sails around the world.

Whether it’s a smaller ship that travels to scenic ports or a mega ship with all the bells and whistles, MSC offers something for every cruiser, including visits to their private island in Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas.

By the end of 2022, they will have 21 cruise ships, including its first new ship in the World Class series. MSC plans to build 3 more world-class ships between 2024 and 2027.

Cruise ship size is rated by gross tonnage, which despite the name, is not weight but rather a measure of interior space. Here’s how MSC cruise ships rank by size.

MSC World Class

The new series of MSC World Class ships are among the largest to date, with a capacity of nearly 7,000 passengers. MSC World Europa, the first ship in the series, is due to launch later this year and will be the 6th largest in the world. Only Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class ships are larger.

MSC World Europa’s larger size offers more amenities and activities, including upgraded entertainment venues, shopping, adults-only areas and family zones.

In line with MSC’s strategy to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impacts, MSC World Class ships are powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and feature a new generation of wastewater treatment systems.

1. MSC World Europe

Gross tonnage: 205,700

Length: 1,092 feet

Width: 151 feet

Number of passengers 6,774

Launch year: 2022

Meraviglia-class

MSC’s mighty Meraviglia class brought the company into the realm of mega ships, accommodating over 6,000 passengers. The largest class of ships currently sailing, the Meraviglia and the slightly larger Meraviglia Plus ships feature a spectacular promenade with LED ceilings.

Cirque de Soleil shows, a wide range of dining options, theaters and a water park are some of its delights. The ships also feature environmental upgrades such as a state-of-the-art water purification system and noise reduction technology to reduce impact on marine life.

2. MSC Grandiosa

Gross tonnage: 181,541

Length: 1,094 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 6,334

Launch year: 2019

3. MSC Virtuoso

Gross tonnage: 181,541

Length: 1,087 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 6,334

Launch year: 2021

4. MSC Meraviglia

Gross tonnage: 171,598

Length: 1,036 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 5,642

Launch year 2017

5. MSC Bellissima

Gross tonnage: 171,598

Length: 1,034 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 5,655

Launch year: 2019

seaside class

Bigger isn’t the only way forward for MSC. With its new Seaside class, MSC has designed ships designed to sail in warmer climates like the Caribbean. As MSC describes, they follow the sun.

These ships feature more outdoor places to eat and relax as well as a unique waterfront promenade. The launch of MSC Seashore in 2021, a subclass of Seaside called EVO, has further improved environmental technologies as well as MSC for Me guest technology.

6.MSC Seashore

Gross tonnage: 169,400

Length: 1,112 feet

Width: 134 feet

Number of passengers 5,632

Launch year: 2021

7. MSC Seascape

Gross tonnage: 169,400

Length: 1,060 feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,877

Launch year: 2022

8. MSC sea view

Gross tonnage: 153,516

Length: 1,060 feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,079

Launch year: 2018

9. MSC Seaside

Gross tonnage: 153,516

Length: 1,060 feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,079

Launch year: 2017

Fantasy Class

Although mid-sized ships by today’s standards, the Fantasia class, when launched, was a new generation of larger ships for MSC Cruises. Notably, MSC Fantasia was the first ship to have the MSC Yacht Club.

Considered the concept of a ship within a ship, it offers guests the ultimate in luxury with a butler, private restaurant, lounge, swimming pool and unlimited drinks.

10. MSC Preziosa

Gross tonnage: 139,072

Length: 1,094 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,345

Launch year: 2013

11. MSC Divina

Gross tonnage: 139,072

Length: 1,093 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,345

Launch year: 2012

12. MSC Fantasia

Gross tonnage: 137,936

Length: 1,094 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,363

Launch year: 2008

13.MSC Splendida

Gross tonnage: 137,936

Length: 1,093 feet

Width: 134 feet

Number of passengers: 4,363

Launch year: 2009

music class

With just over 3,000 passengers, Musica Class ships are still large enough to provide cruisers with the amenities they desire such as spas and large outdoor areas, as well as a good selection of dining options.

These ships mainly serve the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, in addition to a world tour in 2023.

14. MSC Magnifica

Gross tonnage: 95,128

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Launch year: 2010

15. MSC Poesia

Gross tonnage: 92,627

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Launch year: 2008

16.MSC Music

Gross tonnage: 92,409

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Launch year: 2006

17. MSC Orchestra

Gross tonnage: 92,409

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Launch year: 2007

Lirica-class

These small cruise ships combine both European elegance and modern comfort.

Serving both Mediterranean routes and Grand Voyage itineraries, their size allows them to visit ports inaccessible to larger ships.

18. MSC Lirica

Gross tonnage: 65,591

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,548

Launch year: 2003

19. MSC Opera

Gross tonnage: 65,591

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,579

Launch year: 2004

20. MSC Armonia

Gross tonnage: 65,542

Length: 902 feet

Width: 104 feet

Number of passengers: 2,520

Launch year: 2001

21. MSC Sinfonia

Gross tonnage: 65,542

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,546

Launch year: 2002

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