MSC Grandiosa

MSC Grandiosa Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Grandiosa

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMeraviglia Plus
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)331 m / 1086 ft
Beam (width)43 m / 141 ft
Gross Tonnage177100 gt
Passengers4888 - 6334
Crew1700
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Cabins2405
Sister-shipsMSC Virtuosa
Christened bytba

Review of MSC Grandiosa

Launched in 2019, MSC Grandiosa cruise ship is MSC's first Meraviglia Plus-class vessel - with sistership MSC Virtuosa (2020). Meraviglia-Plus vessels are an upgraded (enlarged design) version of the previous Meraviglia-Class boats MSC Meraviglia (2017) and MSC Bellissima (2019).

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC Grandiosa cruise ship

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Grandiosa itinerary program Is based on 7-day Western Mediterranean cruises (winter 2019-2020 season). Bookings were opened on March 5, 2018.

Cabins

MSC Grandiosa is able to accommodate a total of 6334 passengers. 75% of all staterooms feature private balconies. The largest aboard MSC Grandiosa are the Yacht Club Royal Suites (700 ft2). There are also wheelchair-accessible cabins.

MSC Grandiosa deck plans feature “cluster cabins” (up to 3 connecting staterooms for families) allowing up to three rooms to be interlinked for max capacity 10 guests. 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The ship offers 12 new and creative dining options onboard. Among those are the Mediterranean Village (speciality restaurant) and the exclusive Yacht Club Fine Dining Restaurant. The buffet is open 20 hours per day for international cuisine, Mediterranean specialities, itinerary-based themed food (with locally sourced produce), healthy and dietary dishes. Fine dining options include Kaito Sushi Bar, Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant and American-style steakhouse featuring specialty meats from all around the world.

Follows the complete list of MSC Grandiosa restaurants and food bars.

  • Main restaurant (dining room; offers different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30p.m.; with 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • Eataly Restaurant (Eataly Food Chain designed food store and specialty restaurant)
  • La Piazzetta Restaurant (self service buffet and pizzeria; offers Afternoon tea and occasional midnight buffet; includes Onboard Pizzeria and steaks and seafood specialty restaurant)
  • Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse)
  • chocolate "atelier" and creperie by renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury
  • buffet restaurant (open 20 hours a day)
  • Kaito Sushi and Kaito Teppanyaki;

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Meraviglia Plus class ships feature new original shows. A total of eight shows are available on MSC Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus ships. Each of the 4 ships sails with 2 new contrasting shows, with the first 2 debuted onboard MSC Meraviglia in June 2017. 

MSC Grandiosa has a large water park connected to an indoor amusement park on two levels, and to 2-deck entertainment space (interior promenade) housing specialty restaurants, bars, duty-free shops. The Promenade is covered by a LED dome ceiling (called “digital sky”) displaying visual shows.

Grandiosa also boasts cutting-edge wristband technology to make payments, book specialty restaurants and spa treatments, and allow parents to geo-locate their kids.

Follows the complete list of MSC Grandiosa lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Grandiosa Atrium (multi-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • Cyber Library (Internet computers room and library)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • 985-seat Broadway Theatre (features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.)
  • (new) L’Atelier Bistrot - bar lounge with stage and large dancefloor
  • 12 weekly Cirque du Soleil shows in Carousel Lounge, accommodating 120 passengers for dinner, plus additional 290 seated guests for drinks. The shows include "Viaggio" and "Sonor", each spanning 40 minutes.
  • Pre-Dinner and Cocktail Bar; Cocktail Bar; Italian Coffee Bar
  • Chocolata; Ice-Creams
  • Boutique and Accessories Shop; Jewelry Shop; Duty-Free Shop; Perfumery; Temporary Shop; Fashion Shop; Logo Shop; Fashion and Jewelry Shop; Photo gallery and Shop
  • Casino
  • Aft Lounge and Bar
  • The ceiling covering the indoor promenade area is a 480 m2 LED screen - a digital sky transmitting live views (sunsets, sunrises, starry sky), also special events and shows.
  • Solarium (adults-only relaxation area with Solarium Pool and Bar)
  • Main Pool area (swimming pools, whirlpools, loungers) - 4 swimming pools (including a 25-metre Atmosphere pool - by night illuminated with special lighting, 10-metre indoor Bamboo pool, Horizon pool at the back of ship - transformed into a dance space at night)
  • sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
  • Yacht Club Lounge and Bar
  • 1,100-sq.metre Balinese spa; Solarium (adults-only relaxation area upper level)
  • Gymnasium; Arcade Games; TV Games; Bowling
  • 4D Cinema; Flight Simulator
  • Team Sport Arena; Sports Bar
  • Yacht Club exclusive Restaurant
  • Sliding Roof (over the Solarium pool area)
  • Piano Lounge and Bar
  • Doremi Lab; Team Sport Area
  • Baby’s Club and Kids Club - LEGO Group and Chicco facilities; Junior Club; Young Club; Teen’s Area
  • Cinema, Theatre Doremi, Night Club, Studio
  • Sun Deck (outdoor area with a pool)
  • MSC Yacht Club Open Area (the fleet's largest), Pool and Bar
  • 2 Whirlpools; 2 Solariums; Aquapark featuring Champagne Bowl high-speed water slide and Himalayan Bridge, that spans the width of ship's deck
  • 2-deck Super Amusement Park
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

MSC Grandiosa wiki

  • The "MSC Grandiosa" ship name was filed for trademark on September 13, 2016 (serial number 79197602) and trademarked on September 12, 2017 (registration number 5283204).
  • On November 15, 2017, at the STX France shipyard in St Nazaire was held the MSC Bellissima ship's keel-laying (coin) ceremony and MSC Grandiosa ship's steel-cutting ceremony. The vessel's delivery dates were scheduled, respectively, for March 2019 and November 2019. As of 2017, MSC Cruises had a total 4 ships under construction and a total of 11 vessels planned for launches in 2017-2020 as part of company's EUR 9 billion fleet expansion program.
  • Bookings on the Grandiosa ship were opened on March 5, 2018 (for MSC Voyagers Club / loyalty program members) and on March 19 for general customers. Sales for the inaugural cruise (departing November 10, 2019 from Hamburg) were opened on October 7, 2018. The promo offer was for MSC Voyagers Club members only (exclusive access through October 21 midnight), who also received a special discount (5%) in addition to their regular 5% loyalty discount.
  • Ship's christening ceremony was scheduled for November 2, 2019, to be held in Hamburg Germany.

On February 1, 2016, MSC announced a shiporder for two new-class mega liners. The two newbuilds (from the so called “Meraviglia Plus” class) have max capacity 6300 passengers, 200 additional cabins and are 16 m (50 ft) longer compared to the Meraviglia-Class (2444 staterooms).

  • Meraviglia Plus vessels were scheduled for delivery in November 2019 (Grandiosa) and April 2020 (Virtuosa). It's not confirmed where the two will be deployed.
  • MSC also announced new features on the two Meraviglia Plus ships, including the first at sea fine art museum with original artworks. The additional space allows bigger (111 m / 36 ft long) indoor promenade and a larger LED screen (95x6 m / 280x20 ft). The extra space also allows two additional restaurants. The line has exclusive partnership with both Samsung (providing the technology) and Cirque du Soleil (live show programming shipboard).
  • These vessels are also MSC Cruises fleet's most technologically-advanced - featuring the latest marine engine technologies - hybrid scrubbers (exhaust gas cleaning), SCR (selective catalytic reduction), most efficient waste plant, advanced wastewater treatment, superior recycling capabilities, emission-reducing and fuel-efficient heat recovery.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2019

The ship's maiden voyage is from Genoa. It starts on November 16, 2019, and visits the Mediterranean ports Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo (Sicily), Valletta (Malta), Barcelona (Spain) and Marseille (France).

Next tables show the ship's Inaugural cruise itineraries with call ports times. Prices (USD, based on double occupancy Inside Cabin rates) started from USD 1040 pp.

7-day "Inaugural Cruise" - homeport Genoa roundtrip

16 NovDeparting from Genoa, Italy
17 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Italy
18 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Italy
19 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
23 NovArriving in Genoa, Italy

7-day homeport Rome roundtrip

17 NovDeparting from Civitavecchia, Italy
18 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Italy
19 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
23 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Italy
24 NovArriving in Civitavecchia, Italy

7-day homeport Palermo roundtrip

18 NovDeparting from Palermo, Sicily, Italy
19 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
23 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Italy
24 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Italy
25 NovArriving in Palermo, Sicily, Italy

7-day homeport Barcelona roundtrip

21 NovDeparting from Barcelona, Spain
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
23 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Italy
24 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Italy
25 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Italy
26 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
28 NovArriving in Barcelona, Spain

7-day homeport Marseille roundtrip

22 NovDeparting from Marseille, France Riviera
23 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Italy
24 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Italy
25 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Italy
26 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
28 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
29 NovArriving in Marseille, France Riviera

Godspeed to the new ship!

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MSC Grandiosa Itineraries

The below listed MSC Grandiosa cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest MSC Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Nov 10 13 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa Hamburg
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2019 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2019 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2019 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2019 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2019 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2019 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Jan 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Jan 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Jan 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Feb 23 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Genoa Civitavecchia
2020 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa