MSC Cruises Launches MSC Meraviglia in the Mediterranean June 2017

Update June 4, 2017

MSC Cruises christened the MSC Meraviglia, the largest ship built by European owner in a glittering ceremony highlighted by international film legend and godmother of all of MSC Cruises’ ships, Sophia Loren.

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Christening of MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises

MSC Meraviglia

Sophia Loren christens the MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises

Meraviglia, meaning wonder, is the largest ship in MSC Cruises fleet to-date, with world-class entertainment through a partnership with Cirque du Soleil; enhanced dining including a partnership with Eataly; the longest LED sky at sea; Innovative technology with the MSC for Me program; and more.  Continue reading for more details on MSC Cruises newest ship.

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Christening of MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises

The MSC Meraviglia is the first of six new ships launching by 2020 for MSC Cruises.  The next is MSC Seaside to be christened and based in Miami, FL December, 2017.

Update May 31, 2017

The christening for MSC Cruise’s newest ship, the MSC Meraviglia, is Friday, June 3, 2017, and the company announced not one, but two original Cirque du Soleil shows debuting on board.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea on MSC Meraviglia

Cirque du Soleil at Sea on MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises

VIAGGIO, the first of two shows, is the story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his Faceless Muse. Mysterious and seductive, she beckons him into the vivid world of his unbridled imagination to complete his masterpiece. With each stroke of his paintbrush, the painter reveals the details of his grandiose tableau. Electrifying colors fill the space with intriguing motifs and rich textures. Majestic acts transform the theater into a living canvas. Before our very eyes, a masterpiece comes to life.

Cirque du Soleil MSC Meraviglia

With sound at its heart, SONOR, the second show, takes guests on an auditory adventure with dancers, acrobats and characters, all moving to the rhythm. Conjuring a world of unique sensations, astonishing sounds, bold music and immersive projections, SONOR culminates in a grand finale for the senses.

Cirque du Soleil MSC Meraviglia

Each show will offer its own unique cocktail or dinner experience

“We wanted to elevate the experience even further for our guests and for this we have worked hand in hand with the creative team from Cirque du Soleil to create the first Dinner & Show experience on our fleet,” said Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises.

The dinner experience will be a gastronomic delight, where every detail from the table settings, costumes, music and visual effects to the menus have been specially designed to complement each pre-show experience.

Starting one hour before the show begins, the dining experience will be a treat for the senses with surprise animation from performers, live music, stylish table settings topped with a table d’hôte three-course menu of eclectic dishes.

For the dining experience to complement SONOR, guests will be invited into a parallel world where culinary creations will not only trick the eye but the senses, while VIAGGIO will immerse guests in a universe of color, testing the imagination of guests from beginning to end.

Other guests will be able enjoy a Cocktail & Show experience that will begin 30 minutes before the performance starts and will include a specially designed signature cocktail and tempting treats.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea needs to be pre-booked by guests either before the cruise or once on board. The theater is limited to 413 seats, so guests should book early to secure a space and enjoy the experience.

Update March 30, 2017

A little more than two months until MSC Cruise’s newest ship, the MSC Meraviglia launches, and she heads to sea for the first time in France for sea trials.

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MSC Meraviglia at sea for the first time; image courtesy MSC Cruises

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia at sea for the first time; image courtesy MSC Cruises

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MSC Meraviglia at sea for the first time; image courtesy MSC Cruises

Original post from February 26, 2017 follows below…

On June 3, 2017, MSC Cruises’ will launch the MSC Meraviglia in the Mediterranean. Not only the cruise line’s latest megaship, but the first in the Meraviglia Class next generation smart ships.  The MSC Meraviglia will spend the summer of 2017 sailing the western Mediterranean departing from Genoa, Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona, Spain.  Meraviglia means “a wonder” in Italian, and the ship certainly has many wonders to speak of such as: a Swarovski staircase, the longest LED Sky Screen at sea, the first partnership with Cirque du Soleil at sea, and innovative staterooms. Continue reading for more highlights of the MSC Meraviglia.

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MSC Meraviglia will be christened in Le Havre, France, June 3 2017. Image courtesy MSC Cruises.

At full capacity, the MSC Meraviglia will accommodate 5,714 guests in a variety of staterooms including family staterooms, super family staterooms or duplex staterooms with family options. 75% of all staterooms have a balcony, and family modular connected staterooms can be joined together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

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Family cabin on board the MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises

The MSC Meraviglia will offer 12 distinct dining venues, serving a range of international dining options including five specialty restaurants.  Guests can choose from Mediterranean and international cuisines to desserts and sweets, including a gourmet ice cream parlor and creperie in partnership with world renowned French Chocolatier and pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury.

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Sports bar on board the MSC Meraviglia with Formula 1 simulators, image courtesy MSC Cruises.

Entertainment on board the MSC Meraviglia will feature a Mediterranean-style promenade featuring multiple bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the longest LED Sky Screen at sea which will broadcast atmospheric images and entertainment 24-hours a day.  The cruise line is the first to partner with Cirque du Soleil in a custom-built dining and entertainment venue. The $21 million dollar Aft Lounge will feature a 200-seat dining area and 500-seat theater where Cirque du Soleil will perform two never-before-seen shows.

Cirque du Soleil on MSC Cruises

Cirque du Soleil on MSC Cruises

There will be 7 different kids’ clubs for children ages 0-17.  Children can enjoy specially designed play areas including a Chicco baby club as well as a Lego Mini Club, and teens have their own space with cinema, game room, and live stage.  The Polar Aquapark has three different waterslides including a high-speed “champagne flute.”  There will be four pools all together, including 1 indoor pool, making the most poolside per guest of any ship at sea.

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Main Pool by day on the MSC Meraviglia, image courtesy MSC Cruises.

Swiss-based MSC Cruises is one of the leading cruise lines in Europe, South America and South Africa, and is currently featuring a number of deals including 2 for 1 Caribbean and Europe offers, reduced deposits of just $49 per person, and kids 11 and under sail free on select cruises.  Click here for more information on deckplans, itineraries, entertainment and more for MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I’m a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.