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 has announced it is to add four ultra-luxury ships to its ambitious ten-year expansion plan.

It means 17 ships will be constructed between 2017 and 2026.

Meraviglia, Seaside and Seaview have already been launched. Bellissima, Grandiosa and Virtuosa are under construction and there are 11 more in the pipeline.

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

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)

MERAVIGLIA

MSC Grandiosa

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

2020

MERAVIGLIA

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 Seaside EVO

Name: MSC Seaside EVO
Tonnage: 169,380
Passengers: 5,646 (maximum capacity – figure based on two per cabin not yet released)

2022

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MSC World

Name: MSC World
Tonnage: 200,000
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: 5,646 (maximum capacity – figure based on two per cabin not yet released)

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

2024

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MSC World 2

Name: MSC World 2
Tonnage: 200,000
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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MSC World 3

Name: MSC World 3
Tonnage: 200,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

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

2026

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MSC World 4

Name: MSC World 4
Tonnage: 200,000
Passengers: 5,520 (based on two per cabin)

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

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