MSC Fantasia

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MSC Fantasia preparing to enter Civitavecchia
Name: MSC Fantasia
Owner: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1][2]
Ordered: June 1, 2005[3]
Builder: STX Europe, St. Nazaire, France[4]
Cost: $550 million[2]
Yard number: A33[3]
Launched: February 8, 2008[3]
Christened: December 18, 2008 by Sophia Loren in Naples[5][6]
Completed: December 9, 2008[7]
Acquired: December 11, 2008[1]
In service: December 18, 2008[1][2]
Identification:IMO number9359791
Call Sign: 3ETR7[7]
MMSI number: 370648000[8]
Status: In service[8]
General characteristics [7]
Class and type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,936 GT
107,916 NT
15,000 DWT[8]
Length: 333.33 m (1,093 ft 7 in)
Beam: 37.92 m (124 ft 5 in)
Draft: 8.65 m (28 ft 5 in)
Decks: 13 passenger decks,[2] 18 total[citation needed]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two Converteam propulsion motors (2 × 20,200 kW) Fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (cruising)[4]
22.7 knots (42.0 km/h; 26.1 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 3,274 (double occupancy) 3,959 (max) passengers[2]
Crew: 1,313[2]

MSC Fantasia is an Italian Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in December 2008. MSC Fantasia gives her name to the entire class of Fantasia ships. MSC Fantasia was the first of a new generation of larger ships to join the fleet. She was the largest ship operated by MSC Cruises, along with her sister ship MSC Splendida,[1] until the launch of theMSC Divina in 2012 and theMSC Preziosa in 2013 and subsequent Meraviglia and Seaside classes. The Fantasia was also the first ship to incorpate MSC’s “ship within a ship” - the MSC Yacht Club.

MSC Fantasia was delivered to MSC Cruises on 11 December 2008. She was officially named on 18 December 2008, in Naples by Sophia Loren,[5][6] and started on her maiden voyage on the same date.[9][10] When she was sailing into Naples on April 5, 2012, she hit the wall of the dock, nobody was hurt, but she had a small dent on her stern area where she hit.



  1. ^ a b c d "MSC Cruises takes delivery of MSC Fantasia". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ward, Douglas (2009). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (18th ed.). Singapore: Berlitz. p. 439. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3.
  3. ^ a b c "Data from XVAS". Vessel Assessment System. Retrieved 2009-07-14.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "MSC Fantasia". ShipParade. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ a b Garrison, Linda (2008-12-29). "MSC Fantasia Named in Naples". Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ a b "MSC Cruises launches Fantasia". 2008-12-19. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  7. ^ a b c "MSC Fantasia (08817L)". Veristar Info. Bureau Veritas. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  8. ^ a b c "MSC Fantasia (9359791)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  9. ^ "Cruise ship gangway collapses in high winds". thinkSPAIN. 2009-03-05. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  10. ^ "MSC Fantasia Passenger Dramatic Rescue". 2009-03-06. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-14.


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