MSC Seaview christened in Genoa ahead of huge expansion plans - June 2018

GoCruise – 19/06/18 - MSC Cruises


Following a glitzy ceremony in Genoa, MSC Cruises launched their newest vessel and the third new addition in the space of 12 months. MSC Seaview is an innovative new vessel that marks the beginning of a new era for the line, with a range of features including a relaxing boardwalk area, spacious panorama pool area and a vast atrium that spans four decks.

During her maiden season, she will be positioned in the Mediterranean and take passengers to destinations including Barcelona, Rome and Valletta. For the winter season, she will be repositioned in South America, taking passengers to a range of stunning beach locations throughout Brazil.

While this is certainly an exciting vessel for MSC Cruises, it is just the beginning of the line’s future expansion plans and it is very likely that British passengers will be seeing much more of the line in the years to come. MSC Seaview may be the third ship to launch for the line in 12 months – becoming the 15th vessel of the fleet – but she is set to be joined by a further 10 vessels in the next eight years.

In 2019, two new vessels will launch, with the first of these, MSC Bellissima, set to become the newest addition to the Meraviglia-class fleet in March. She will be followed by MSC Grandiosa - a slightly larger vessel than those of the Meraviglia-class that is set to launch in November. This currently unnamed class of ship will be further added to in September 2020, following the launch of MSC Virtuosa.

Beyond 2020, there are plans in place to launch an additional eight vessels before the end of 2026, taking MSC Cruises to a whole new level. These ships are yet to be named and there are very few details currently available. However, we do know that at least four of these ships will weigh in at 200,000 gross tonnes, while five of them will be powered by liquefied natural gas. This sends out a clear message of intent that, while the line is seeking to expand, it is conscious of the environment.

It is also worth noting that, unlike larger lines including Royal Caribbean, Cunard, P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises – which are owned by larger companies – MSC Cruises is currently the largest independent line in the industry. Upon completion of all these newly-built ships, MSC Cruises will be able to offer sailings aboard a total of 25 vessels. This would match the total number of ships in operation for Royal Caribbean, although they also have plans to launch five new vessels prior to 2024.

MSC Cruises is renowned for offering family-friendly cruising experiences with a traditionally Mediterranean flair. Throughout the summer season of 2018, the line will operate MSC Magnifica out of Southampton, taking passengers to destinations throughout northern Europe including Le Havre, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Bilbao.

For more information about the full range of MSC Cruises departures available throughout 2018 and 2019, contact our friendly sales team via: 0800 121 8250 or complete the online enquiry form.