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MSC Cruises ships by size

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MSC Cruises has made a significant investment in ship construction in the last 20 years resulting in today’s diverse fleet that sails worldwide.

Whether it be a smaller ship that voyages to quaint ports or a mega ship with all the bells and whistles, MSC offers something for every cruiser, including visits to their  private island of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. 

By the end of 2022, they will have 21 cruise ships including its first new ship in the  World Class series. MSC plans to build another 3 World Class ships from 2024 to 2027.

Cruise ship size is evaluated based on their gross tonnage, which despite the name, is not its weight but rather a measurement of inside space. Here is how MSC cruise ships rank by size.

MSC World Class

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MSC World Europa

The new MSC World Class series of ships are amongst the biggest to date, with capacity for nearly 7000 passengers. MSC World Europa, the first ship in the series, is due to launch later this year and will be 6th in size worldwide. When she debuts, she will be the biggest MSC cruise ship in the fleet.

MSC World Europa’s larger size provides for more amenities and activities, including enhanced entertainment venues, shopping, adult only spots and family zones.

Consistent with MSC’s strategy to improve sustainability and lessen environmental impacts, MSC World Class ships are powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and have a new generation of wastewater treatment systems.

1. MSC World Europa

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MSC World Europa

Gross Tonnage: 205,700

Length:  1,092 Feet

Width: 151 feet

Number of passengers 6,774

Year launched: 2022

Meraviglia Class

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MSC’s mighty Meraviglia class brought the company into the realm of mega ships, welcoming over 6000 passengers. The largest class of ships currently sailing, the Meraviglia and the slightly larger Meraviglia Plus ships feature a spectacular promenade with LED ceilings.

Cirque de Soleil shows, a wide array of food and beverage options, theatres, and a waterpark are among some of its delights. The ships also feature environmental enhancements such as a state of the art water purification system and noise reduction technology to reduce the impact on marine life.

2. MSC Grandiosa

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Gross Tonnage: 181,541

Length:  1,094 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 6,334

Year launched: 2019

3. MSC Virtuosa

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Gross Tonnage: 181,541

Length:  1,087 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 6,334

Year launched: 2021

4. MSC Meraviglia

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Meraviglia

Gross Tonnage: 171,598

Length:  1,036 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 5,642

Year launched 2017

5. MSC Bellissima

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Gross Tonnage: 171,598

Length: 1,034 feet

Width: 141 feet

Number of passengers 5,655

Year launched: 2019

Seaside Class

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Bigger is not the only way forward for MSC. With their newer Seaside Class, MSC has designed ships geared toward sailing in warmer climates like the Caribbean. As MSC describes it, they follow the sun.

These ships feature more outdoor venues for eating and relaxing as well as a unique seafront promenade. The launch of MSC Seashore in 2021, a subclass of Seaside termed EVO, has even more improved environmental technologies along with MSC for Me guest technology.

6. MSC Seashore

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Gross Tonnage: 169,400

Length: 1,112 feet

Width: 134 feet

Number of passengers 5,632

Year launched: 2021

7. MSC Seascape

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Seascape

Gross Tonnage: 169,400

Length: 1,060 feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,877

Year launched: 2022

8. MSC Seaview

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Seaview

Gross Tonnage: 153,516

Length: 1,060 Feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,079

Year launched: 2018

9. MSC Seaside

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Gross Tonnage: 153,516

Length: 1,060 feet

Width: 135 feet

Number of passengers 5,079

Year launched: 2017

Fantasia Class

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Fantasia Class

Although medium ships by today’s standards, the Fantasia Class when launched, was a new generation of larger ships for MSC Cruises. Notably, MSC Fantasia was the first ship to have the MSC Yacht Club.

Referred to as the ship within ship concept, it provides guests with the ultimate in luxury with a butler, private restaurant, lounge, pool and unlimited drinks.

10. MSC Preziosa

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Preziosa

Gross Tonnage: 139,072

Length: 1,094 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,345

Year launched: 2013

11. MSC Divina

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Gross Tonnage: 139,072

Length: 1,093 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,345

Year launched: 2012

12. MSC Fantasia

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Fantasia

Gross Tonnage: 137,936

Length: 1,094 feet

Width: 124 feet

Number of passengers: 4,363

Year launched: 2008

13. MSC Splendida

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Gross Tonnage: 137,936

Length: 1,093 feet

Width: 134 feet

Number of passengers: 4,363

Year launched: 2009

Musica Class

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Musica Class

With just over 3,000 passengers, the Musica class ships are still big enough to provide cruisers with desired amenities such as spas and great outdoor spaces, along with a good selection of food and beverage options.

These ships mainly serve the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, in addition to a world cruise in 2023.

14. MSC Magnifica

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Gross Tonnage: 95,128

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Year launched: 2010

15. MSC Poesia

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Poesia

Gross Tonnage: 92,627

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Year launched: 2008

16. MSC Musica

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Musica

Gross Tonnage: 92,409  

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Year launched: 2006

17. MSC Orchestra

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Orchestra

Gross Tonnage: 92,409 

Length: 964 feet

Width: 106 feet

Number of passengers: 3,013

Year launched: 2007

Lirica Class

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Lirica Class

These smaller cruise ships combine both European elegance and modern comforts.

Serving Mediterranean routes as well as and Grand Voyage itineraries, their size allows them to visit ports inaccessible to larger ships.

18. MSC Lirica

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Lirica

Gross Tonnage: 65,591

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,548

Year launched: 2003

19. MSC Opera

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Opera

Gross Tonnage: 65,591

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,579

Year launched: 2004

20. MSC Armonia 

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Armonia

Gross Tonnage: 65,542

Length: 902 Feet

Width: 104 feet

Number of passengers: 2,520

Year launched: 2001

21. MSC Sinfonia

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Sinfonia

Gross Tonnage: 65,542

Length: 902 feet

Width: 94 feet

Number of passengers: 2,546

Year launched: 2002

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