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The Mediterranean Way of life
|Parent||Mediterranean Shipping Company|
MSC Cruises (Italian: MSC Crociere S.p.A.) is a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC). MSC is an Italian shipping company devoted to the cruise market with headquarters in Geneva. The company, whose capital is wholly Swiss, employs 15,500 people worldwide and has offices in 45 countries.
Originally founded as Lauro Lines by Achille Lauro, the company entered the cruise business in the 1960s, operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro, both of which met fiery ends. After the Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St.Thomas in 1979, Lauro Lines, also known as Flotta Lauro, met with bad times, now operating just one ship, the Achille Lauro. In 1985, the Achille Lauro was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Front, and the much-publicised event further dropped passenger numbers. In 1989, Flotta Lauro was purchased by Mediterranean Shipping Company and renamed StarLauro Cruises. In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1995, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises claims to be the third largest cruise operator in the world, after Carnival Corporation & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. with a 6% share of all passengers carried and cruise revenue in 2012. Yet, because MSC Cruises has no stakes exchanged on the market, it has no obligations to issue its budget certified by independent parties, which therefore it does not; as a consequence the data MSC Cruises releases about itself are not verifiable.
On March 1, 2010, after strong support from French government, STX Europe and MSC Cruises announced signing a new Letter of Intent to build one, 139,000 ton, 3502 passenger, Fantasia-class ship, which is subject to financing, at STX Europe St-Nazaire.
In 2014 MSC Cruises announced that the four Lirica class ships will undergo renovation under the "Renaissance Program". New features will include a spray park, refurbished shops, new child and teen areas, an enhanced buffet, a new lounge,and an extended restaurant. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 2015.
|MSC Armonia||2001||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||May 2004||65,542 tons||Panama||Previously European Vision for the failed Festival Cruises.|
|MSC Sinfonia||2002||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2005||58,625 tons||Panama||Previously European Stars for the failed Festival Cruises.|
|MSC Lirica||2003||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2003||59,058 tons||Panama||Modified ex Festival's European-class.|
|MSC Opera||2004||Chantiers de l'Atlantique(St. Nazaire)||March 2004||59,058 tons||Panama||Modified ex Festival's European-class.|
|MSC Musica||2006||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||July 2006||92,409 tons||Panama|
|MSC Orchestra||2007||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||May 2007||92,409 tons||Panama|
|MSC Poesia||2008||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||Oct. 2008||92,627 tons||Panama|
|MSC Magnifica||2010||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||March 2010||95,128 tons||Panama||Modified Musica-class.|
|MSC Fantasia||2008||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||Dec. 2008||137,936 tons||Panama|
|MSC Splendida||2009||Aker Yards(St. Nazaire)||July 2009||137,936 tons||Panama||Ordered as MSC Serenata and renamed MSC Splendida in 2008.|
|MSC Divina||2012||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||June 2012||139,400 tons||Panama||Modified Fantasia-class. Ordered as MSC Meraviglia and renamed MSC Divina in 2010.|
|MSC Preziosa||2013||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||March 2013||139,400 tons||Panama||Modified Fantasia-class.Originally ordered for Libyan based General National Maritime Transport.|
|Ship||Will enter service
|Project Vista I||2017||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||167,600 tons||Panama||Largest ship to be built for MSC Cruises.|
|Project Vista II||2019||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||167,600 tons||Panama|||
|Project Vista III||2020||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||167,600 tons||Panama|||
|Project Vista IV||2022||STX Europe(St. Nazaire)||167,600 tons||Panama|||
|Project Seaside I||NOV 2017||Fincantieri||154,000 tons||Panama|||
|Project Seaside II||MAY 2018||Fincantieri||154,000 tons||Panama|||
|Project Seaside III||2021||Fincantieri||154,000 tons||Panama|||
|Gross Tonnage||Year Retired|
|Symphony||1951||Wigham Richardson||1994||16,000 tons||2000|
|Monterey||1952||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.||1994||20,000 tons||2006|
|Rhapsody||1977||Burmeister & Wain||1995||17,095 tons||2009|
|MSC Melody||1982||CNIM (La Seyne-sur-Mer)||1997||35,143 tons||2013|
|Angelina Lauro||1938||Koninklijke Maatschappi||N/A||24,377 tons||1979|
|Achille Lauro||1947||Koninklijke Maatschappi||N/A||23,629 tons||1994|
Main working area
- Western Mediterranean: MSC Sinfonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Musica, MSC Splendida
- Eastern Mediterranean: MSC Armonia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Preziosa
- Northern Europe: MSC Opera, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica
- Caribbean: MSC Divina
Gallery of Ships
- "The history of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA". Swiss Deep-sea Shipping. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "2012 World Wide Market Share". Cruise Market Watch. 2011-11-20.
- "MSC Cruises-UK News: MSC Cruises Welcomes MSC Preziosa". Msccruises.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to MSC Cruises.|
- MSC Cruises Corporate Global website
- Lauro Lines, StarLauro and MSC Cruises Information and Postcards at Simplon Postcards