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NameMSC Splendida
OperatorMSC Cruises
Port of registry Panama[3]
OrderedNovember 16, 2005
BuilderSTX Europe (St. Nazaire)[3][5]
Cost$550 million[3]
Laid downOctober 24, 2007
LaunchedJuly 18, 2008
ChristenedJuly 12, 2009 by Sophia Loren[4]
CompletedJuly 2, 2009
Maiden voyageJuly 4, 2009
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and type Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage137,936 GT[3]
Length333.33 m (1,093.60 ft)[1]
Beam37.92 m (124.41 ft)[3]
Height66.81 m (219.2 ft)[6]
Draft27.2 ft (8.29 m)[1]
Decks18 total, 13 passenger decks[3][6]
Installed powerDiesel (40,000kW)[3]
Propulsion2 propellors[3]
Speed21 knots (39 km/h)[5]
Capacity3,900 passengers[3]
Crew1,313 crew[3]
Notes15 elevators,[6] post-Panamax

MSC Splendida is a Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. Constructed at STX France in Saint-Nazaire, she commenced service in July 2009 with $550m investment.

MSC Cruises announced the suspension of all North American itineraries until June 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]


MSC Splendida in Geirangerfjorden in June 2015.

MSC Splendida is a sister ship to MSC Fantasia. Built in July 2009 with an investment of $550 million, weighs of 137,936 GT, 33,330m-long ship with a beam of 37.98m, height of 66.81m and its draft 8.29m, and carries 3,900 passengers.[8][9] The two Neopanamax vessels were to be the largest ships in a European cruise line's fleet at the time of delivery.[10] Originally, she was to be named MSC Serenata, but the name was changed in May 2007 to MSC Splendida[11][12] "to reflect the ship's beauty and elegance".[13]

The then-unnamed vessel was part of a two-ship order made by MSC Cruises with STX France on November 16, 2005, for a tentative delivery in spring 2009.[14] Construction began on then-MSC Serenata on 12 April 2007 with the steel-cutting.[10] The ship was launched from the shipyard on 18 July 2008.[15] She began her sea trials on 21 May 2009 and completed them on 27 May 2009.[16] The ship was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009.[16] She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009[17] and returned July 11, to be officially named on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren, her godmother.[4] In May 2017, it arrives in China and made its refurbishment in November.[18]


MSC Splendida makes his first appearance of sailing in Mediterranean in 2017.[19] In April 2018 set to be deployed in Shanghai, China to Korea and Japan after its refurbishment in 2017.[20] It has been sailing in Japan on 2018 to 2019,[21] to Yokohama.[22] In April 2020, it makes the maiden call in the port of Kochi, India.[23] In October 2019 it started homeporting in China's Tianjin.[24] It visited Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam with over 2,000 passengers in February 2020.[25] In 2020 March, the ship docked in Palong, Thailand beach during the coronavirus pandemic, after more the 2,700 passengers was disembarked, Patong hospital were on to check passengers.[26] The ship is scheduled to serve Southeast Asia until summer 2020 before repositioning to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.[27] the MSC Splendida is one of the largest cruise ship to homeport in Hamburg since 2015.[28]


The ship's horn system is set up to play multiple songs, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" by Queen, "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes and "Happy Birthday to You".[29]


Bardo National Museum attack

On March 18, 2015, MSC Splendida was in port in Tunis with Costa Fascinosa when gunmen opened fire on tourists at the Bardo National Museum. Twelve passengers hailing from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Spain, Britain, Australia, Poland, and France, were killed.[30]

Coronavirus pandemic

On 2020.03.23, around 14:00 CET, a Thai crew member working aboard as a buffet attendant was medically evacuated via lifeboat after she exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was having difficulty breathing.[a][31] At the time, the ship was near the island of Sardinia and headed to Marseille[b] to disembark all of its passengers.[31]

On 2020.03.24, MSC Cruises informed the crew that the sick crew member had tested negative.[31] However, two days later, on 2020.03.26, it was reported that the sick crew member had been tested again, and this time, the test had returned positive.[31] As a result, 16 crew members were placed under quarantine.[31] The ship later docked in Genoa so that some of its crew members could disembark.[33]

By 2020.04.01, 26 crew members had been placed under quarantine, with 3 crew members running high temperatures.[31]

In popular culture

MSC Splendida is featured on Indian Tamil film, Manmadan Ambu.[34]


  1. ^ She had been suffering from a fever and a sore throat for three days, and her health had been worsening.[31]
  2. ^ The cruise originally was supposed to end at Genoa on 2020.03.29, but the trip was cut short due to the pandemic and the end of the cruise was moved up to 2020.03.24 when it docked at Marseille.[32]


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  33. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "More than 300 Filipino seafarers from Italy, Portugal back in the Philippines". ABS-CBN News.
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