MSC Meraviglia will be based in Hamburg for 2018 summer season. Thus, the vessel will become the largest cruise ship ever to be homeported there. Meraviglia will operate along with MSC Magnifica.

The announcement means capacity boost for Hamburg, few days after AIDA confirmed it will base its new AIDAperla there during 2018 summer. Between March-October 2018, the ship will resume its 'Metropolises' weekly itinerary visiting Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, a route that was established by AIDAprima in April.

MSC Meraviglia

AIDAperla's winter 2018-2019 deployment is still to be decided. It is unclear if AIDA will once again operate a ship in Hamburg port throughout the year.

MSC Cruises started calling at Hamburg with a visit by Lirica in 2007. This month the port city chalked up 100th stop by MSC cruise ship.