MSC Cruises’ third Meraviglia generation ship to set sail in November 2019
Saint-Nazaire, France (January 7, 2019) – MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Gulf, and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have celebrated the float out of MSC Grandiosa at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, where the ship is being built. She has now been moved to a wet dock, where work on the ship will continue until her delivery in October 2019.
MSC Grandiosa will be the third Meraviglia ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet, and the first of three Meraviglia-Plus ships, which feature larger tonnage and guest capacity than the first two Meraviglia ships – MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima. She will also become the fifth ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet in just two and a half years. As part of MSC Cruises’ fleet expansion plan, the Company is currently due to take delivery of another 14 next-generation cruise ships, including MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa, by 2027.
MSC Grandiosa will showcase an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the ground-breaking feature unique to Meraviglia generation ships that serve as the social hub of the ship. Among other specialty restaurants, the ship will feature a new bar and lounge, L’Atelier Bistrot, offering lounge seating with a stage and a dance floor, impressionist art on display and terrace seating with Parisian Bistrot tables and chairs. This expansive promenade will host surprise performances, including flash mobs and themed parties as well as awe-inspiring projections on the even longer 323-ft. LED Sky screen.
As other Meraviglia class ships, MSC Grandiosa will feature two brand new exclusive shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. This is part of a long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in artistic entertainment.
Following MSC Bellissima’s delivery in February 2019, MSC Grandiosa will become the second MSC Cruises ship to feature Zoe, the cruise industry’s first digital cruise personal assistant, as a new feature of MSC for Me. This service will provide guests with a simple and stress-free way to receive information that is traditionally provided at the Guest Relations desk.
MSC Grandiosa will be delivered to MSC Cruises on October 31, 2019 and will start regular sailings from Genoa, Italy on November 16, 2019. Sales for MSC Grandiosa cruises are already open.