Why MSC means More Ships Coming – a look at the cruise line’s huge order book

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Sisters: MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a story originally published on November 13, 2017.

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest family-owned cruise line, continues on its ambitious expansion course.

On January 20, 2020, it announced another new class of four LNG-powered ships as well as a project to build sail-assisted vessels. All these new ships are expected to be introduced after 2030.

Previously, the cruise line has unveiled plans for 17 ships to be built between 2017 and 2027.

Of these, MSC Meraviglia, Seaside, Seaview, Bellissima and Grandiosa have already been launched. Virtuosa, Seashore and Europa are under construction and there are nine more in the pipeline until 2027.

Today’s announcement adds at least another four after that.

Confused? Here’s a ship-by-ship rundown.

2017

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

Name: MSC Meraviglia
Christened: June 3, 2017, in Le Havre
Tonnage: 171,598
Passengers: 4,490 (based on two per cabin)

MSC Seaside

Name: MSC Seaside
Christened: December 21, 2017, in Miami
Tonnage: 154,000
Passengers: 4,130 (based on two per cabin)

2018

MSC Seaview

Name: MSC Seaview (second Seaside-class ship)
Christened: June 9, 2018, in Genoa
Tonnage: 154,000
Passengers: 4,130 (based on two per cabin)

2019

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MSC Bellissima

Name: MSC Bellissima (second Meraviglia-class ship)
Christening: March 2, 2019, in Southampton
Tonnage: 171,398
Passengers: 4,490 (based on two per cabin)

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Name: MSC Grandiosa (first Meraviglia-Plus ship)
Christening: November 9, 2019, in Hamburg
Tonnage: 177,000
Passengers: 4,888 (based on two per cabin)

2020

MSC Virtuosa

Name: MSC Virtuosa (second Meraviglia Plus ship)
Tonnage: 177,000
Passengers: 4,888 (based on two per cabin)

2021

SEASIDE EVO (1)

MSC Seashore

Name: MSC Seashore (first Seaside EVO class)
Tonnage: 169,380
Passengers: 4,132 (based on two per cabin)

2022

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MSC Europa

Name: MSC Europa (first World-class ship)
Tonnage: 205,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

2023

Name: Third Meraviglia-Plus ship
Tonnage: 177,000
Passengers: 4,888 (based on two per cabin)

SEASIDE EVO (1)

MSC Seaside EVO 2

Name: MSC Seaside EVO 2
Tonnage: 169,380
Passengers: 4,132 (based on two per cabin)

Name: Ultra-luxury ship (unnamed)
Tonnage: 64,000
Passengers: 1,000

2024

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World Class 2

Name: MSC World 2 (second ship in World class)
Tonnage: 205,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

Name: Second ultra-luxury ship (unnamed)
Tonnage: 64,000
Passengers: 1,000

2025

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World Class 3

Name: MSC World 3
Tonnage: 205,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

Name: Third ultra-luxury ship (unnamed)
Tonnage: 64,000
Passengers: 1,000

2026

Name: Fourth ultra-luxury ship (unnamed)
Tonnage: 64,000
Passengers: 1,000

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World Class 4

2027

Name: MSC World 4
Tonnage: 205,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

2030-2050

Four vessels in a new LNG-powered class

‘Innovative prototype’ ship class using wind power

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