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MSC introduces its next “grandiose” flagship

Grandiosa, to be christened in Hamburg in November 2019, is part of an ambitious shipbuilding program.

MSC Cruises has unveiled its fleet’s next flagship, which will be christened in Hamburg in 18 months’ time.

Scheduled to be officially christened on November 2, 2019, MSC Grandiosa will be ready to set sail by the end of that year, the first of the Meraviglia-Plus ships to come into service.

The suitably named 177,000-ton Grandiosa will feature “the first fine art museum at sea”, the company says.

With a maximum capacity of 6,334 guests, it will build on features unveiled on MSC Meraviglia last year, such as two new shows from Cirque de Soleil, part of an ongoing partnership with the famous acrobatic troupe. This partnership will result in eight original shows on MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-Plus generation ships.

“MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship,” MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago has commented.

Ambitious plans
The new vessel is part of an ambitious building program by the Swiss-based, Italian-founded company to increase its fleet by 11 between 2017 and 2026, according to the specialist website World of Cruising.

MSC Grandiosa will have a large promenade serving as the social hub of the ship with an array of shops, specialty restaurants and a new bar and lounge. It will house L’Atelier Bistrot, with lounge seating, a stage and a dancefloor, impressionist art, and terrace seating with Parisian-style tables and chairs.

The promenade will also hold surprise performances like flash mobs and themed parties, as well as “awe-inspiring projections on the 98.5-metre, LED Sky screen”, as Travel Daily News puts it.

This summer, meanwhile, MSC is opening up northern Europe to more cruise guests with the addition of MSC Meraviglia. The line will offer four new ships, 36 different itineraries and six possible embarkation ports in Germany, the UK, France and Denmark.

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