MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa current position

MSC Virtuosa current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 49.46985 N / 0.16161 E) cruising en route to LE HAVRE. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MSC Virtuosa

Year built2021 new ship
Flag state Malta
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMeraviglia Plus
Building costEUR 770 million (USD 850 million)
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 Tonnage181000 gt
Passengers4810 - 5772
Crew1536
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks18
Cabins2405
Decks with cabins11
Sister-shipsMSC Grandiosa
Christened bytba
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MSC Virtuosa Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $529
2021 May 08 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1269
2021 May 09 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $569
2021 May 09 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1269
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $629
2021 May 15 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1329
2021 May 16 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $609
2021 May 16 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1329
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $629
2021 May 22 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1409
2021 May 23 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $629
2021 May 23 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1409
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $699
2021 May 29 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1529
2021 May 30 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $649
2021 May 30 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1529
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $739
2021 Jun 05 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1569
2021 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $739
2021 Jun 06 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1569
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $739
2021 Jun 12 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1659
2021 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $739
2021 Jun 13 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1659
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $799
2021 Jun 19 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $829
2021 Jun 20 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $799
2021 Jun 26 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $799
2021 Jun 27 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $859
2021 Jul 03 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Jul 04 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $829
2021 Jul 10 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $859
2021 Jul 17 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Jul 18 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $859
2021 Jul 24 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Jul 25 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $859
2021 Jul 31 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1749
2021 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Aug 01 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1749
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $859
2021 Aug 07 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1659
2021 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $859
2021 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1659
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $769
2021 Aug 14 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1569
2021 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $769
2021 Aug 15 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1569
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $739
2021 Aug 21 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1529
2021 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $769
2021 Aug 22 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1529
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $729
2021 Aug 28 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $1489
2021 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $729
2021 Aug 29 14 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $1489
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Kiel $699
2021 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Northern Europe Copenhagen $699
2021 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from Kiel to Lisbon Kiel $499
2021 Sep 11 9 days, one-way from Kiel to Barcelona Kiel $429
2021 Sep 11 10 days, one-way from Kiel to Marseille Kiel $479
2021 Sep 11 11 days, one-way from Kiel to Genoa Kiel $539
2021 Sep 11 13 days, one-way from Kiel to Malaga Kiel $719
2021 Sep 12 8 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Barcelona Copenhagen $749
2021 Sep 12 9 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Marseille Copenhagen $429
2021 Sep 12 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Genoa Copenhagen $479
2021 Sep 20 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $790
2021 Sep 21 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $840
2021 Sep 22 2 days, one-way from Genoa to Malaga Genoa $129
2021 Sep 22 5 days, one-way from Genoa to Lisbon Genoa $469
2021 Sep 22 8 days, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa $2439
2021 Sep 22 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $729
2021 Sep 24 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $799
2021 Sep 27 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Lisbon $729
2021 Sep 29 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $729
2021 Sep 30 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $729
2021 Oct 01 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $729
2021 Oct 03 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $799
2021 Oct 06 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Lisbon $629
2021 Oct 08 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $629
2021 Oct 09 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $629
2021 Oct 10 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $629
2021 Oct 12 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $629
2021 Oct 15 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Lisbon $629
2021 Oct 17 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $629
2021 Oct 18 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $629
2021 Oct 19 9 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $629
2021 Oct 21 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $709
2021 Oct 24 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Lisbon $599
2021 Oct 26 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2021 Oct 27 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2021 Oct 28 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2021 Nov 03 2 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $159
2021 Nov 03 4 days, one-way from Lisbon to Genoa Lisbon $229
2021 Nov 03 23 days, one-way from Lisbon to Dubai Lisbon $1570
2021 Nov 05 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Dubai Barcelona $1389
2021 Nov 06 20 days, one-way from Marseille to Dubai Marseille $1309
2021 Nov 07 19 days, one-way from Genoa to Dubai Genoa $1339
2021 Nov 08 18 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $1169
2021 Nov 08 19 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $1569
2021 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $449
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $449
2021 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $449
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $449
2021 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $449
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $579
2021 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $579
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $929
2021 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $929
2022 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $549
2022 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $529
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $499
2022 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $499
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $499
2022 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $499
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $499
2022 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $499
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $599
2022 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $599
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $599
2022 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $599
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $599
2022 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $599
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $599
2022 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $599
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $629
2022 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $629
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $629
2022 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $629
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $629
2022 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $629
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $629

MSC Virtuosa Review

Review of MSC Virtuosa

The 2021-built MSC Virtuosa cruise ship is MSC's second Meraviglia Plus-class vessel - with sistership MSC Grandiosa (2019). 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 Virtuosa cruise ship

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Virtuosa itinerary program during the maiden season in Europe is based on 5 homeports (Barcelona Spain, Genoa Italy, Civitavecchia-Rome, Palermo Sicily, Marseille France) and 7-day Western Mediterranean cruises. The 6-port roundtrip itineraries, along with the rotational homeports, also visit Malta (Valletta).

In mid-January 2021, MSC officially announced that Virtuosa will be deployed in Asia (homeported in China). Starting in 2022, MSC Virtuosa joins in Asia MSC Bellissima. MSC offers cruises in China since 2016 (with MSC Lirica), followed the deployments of Splendida (2018), Bellissima (2021).

In late-March 2021, MSC announced Virtuosa's homeporting in the UK for summer 2021 (starting May 20). The ship was scheduled for a series of 3-4-night roundtrips followed by 7-day itineraries (starting June 12). The mini-cruises visited Isle of Portland with 2 seadays. The 7-night voyages visited Portland and Belfast Ireland. Hhomeports were Liverpool England and Greenock-Glasgow Scotland.

Decks and Cabins

MSC Virtuosa staterooms (2405 total, in 17 categories) provide max passenger capacity 5772 (4810 lower berths) and ~75% of all cabins are with private step-out balconies. The largest are the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites (700 ft2 / 65 m2 plus 430 ft2 / 40 m2 terrace with Jacuzzi).

The cruise liner has 19 decks (5 crew-only, 14 passenger-accessible, 11 with cabins) and also features "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 an American-style steakhouse featuring speciality meats from all around the world.

MSC Virtuosa cruise ship

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

  • 5x Main Restaurants (MDRs / dining rooms offer different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7-9:30 am, Lunch 12-2 pm, and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, with a 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • Eataly Restaurant (Eataly Food Chain designed food store and speciality restaurant)
  • La Piazzetta Restaurant (self-service buffet and pizzeria; offers Afternoon tea and occasional midnight buffet; includes Onboard Pizzeria and steaks seafood speciality restaurant)
  • Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse with an open kitchen)
  • Jean-Philippe Maury chocolaterie (chocolate atelier) and creperie by renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury, offers gourmet ice creams.
  • Marketplace Buffet is a 20-hours-a-day open Lido Restaurant with capacity 1336 seats.
  • Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Champagne Bar (premium brand sparkling wines served with caviar, oysters and crabs)
  • Edge Cocktail Bar
  • (NEW) HOLA! Tacos & Cantina (Latin American and Mexican restaurant)
  • (NEW) Indochine Restaurant (Asian-Vietnamese)
 

On Virtuosa, MSC introduced two new specialty dining concepts with the fleet's first restaurants "HOLA! Tacos & Cantina" and "Ristorante Indochine".

  • HOLA is a fast-food/street food bar (with Latin American and Mexican dishes and beverages) open for lunch and dinner. Menu's signature dishes include blue corn tacos 9also vegetarian), nachos, beef empanadas, tamales, tortilla soup. Beverages include the top 10 brands tequila and mezcal. HOLA's salsa bar offers 6 home-made salsas, several spicy sauces, fresh-made guacamole. HOLA also has the fleet's new Mexican Ice Cream Taco bar.
  • Indochine Restaurant offers Vietnamese traditional cuisine specialties "with a French twist". The menu includes various vegetarian and vegan items and larger (family-style) dishes for sharing. Signature dishes are Green Papaya Salads, Beef Bo Buns, French Roasted Snails, Veggie Crepes, healthy food, an ample wine list, tropical cocktails menu.

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 on MSC Meraviglia in June 2017.

 

MSC Virtuosa has a large water park (Savannah Aquapark) 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.

Virtuosa 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 Virtuosa lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Virtuosa Atrium (multi-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • Cyber Library (Internet computers room and library)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • 945-seat/1000-m2 Le Grand Theatre (features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 3 shows per night)
  • (NEW) L'Atelier Bistrot (L' Atelier Bar & Art lounge) features a stage for live performances (including jazz), a large dancefloor, a pop-up art gallery.
  • 12 weekly Cirque du Soleil shows in Carousel Lounge, accommodating 120 passengers for dinner, plus additional 290 seated guests for drinks. The acrobatic show productions (VIAGGIO, SONOR, COSMOS, EXENTRICKS) each span 40 minutes. Carousel Lounge is fitted with 80x kinetic LED lights providing video and sound effects at specific moments during the show.
  • Pre-Dinner 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 Shop
  • Red Gem Casino (gaming bar lounge with slot machines and tables for Blackjack, Roulette, Poker)
  • Aft Bar Lounge
  • Attic Club (nightclub)
  • MSC Foundation is the ship's educational interactive game center for children. The room transforms into a 3D Aquarium providing interactive teaching for kids and adults (providing info on MSC's lifesaving programs and partners). Passengers can support the MSC Foundation with direct donations or by purchasing MSC Foundation-logoed merchandise.
  • 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-m long indoor Bamboo pool, Horizon pool at the back of the ship - transformed into a dance space at night)
  • sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
  • Yacht Club Bar Lounge
  • 1100-ft2 Balinese spa; Solarium (adults-only relaxation area upper level)
  • Gymnasium; Arcade Games; TV Games; Bowling
  • 4D Cinema; Flight Simulator
  • Sportplex is the ship's combined entertainment-sports complex with Team Sport Arena (for playing basketball, football, volleyball), a separate Tennis Court and Sports Bar. In the evenings, Sportplex transforms into a party/disco club.
  • Yacht Club exclusive Restaurant
  • Sliding Roof (over the Solarium pool area)
  • Piano Bar Lounge
  • Doremi Lab; Team Sport Area
  • Baby’s Club and Kids Club - LEGO 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 (fleet's largest), Pool Bar
  • 2 Whirlpools; 2 Solariums; Savannah Aquapark featuring Champagne Bowl high-speed waterslide and Himalayan Bridge, that spans the width of ship's deck
  • 2-deck Super Amusement Park
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track
  • (NEW) MSC Starship Club

Traditionally for MSC ships, Virtuosa has F1 Simulators (two Formula 1 VR racing cars).

MSC Starship Club's Rob - the first-at-sea humanoid robot bartender

On Virtuosa MSC Cruises introduced the fleet's first MSC Starship Club (MSC Starliner One Bar) spaceship-themed venue served by the industry's first humanoid robot bartender - named Rob. Working on this project for 6 years (since 2015), MSC partnered with experts from companies specializing in entertainment experiences, digital solutions, robotics, automation, and interior design.

MSC Starship Club provides integrated bar-and-entertainment experiences and its interior is marked by a cold-white ceiling, a digital art wall, 3D holographic projections, a 12-seat digital (touchscreen) table for personalized interactive galactic tours.

Rob mixes and serves cocktails while entertaining the guests by moving his body, head and arms (shaking-stirring-garnishing-pouring drinks) in a natural way. The humanoid barman speaks 8 languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese) and engages with his voice and human-like (LED face) expressions/emotions.

Between making and serving beverages, Rob interacts with the passengers, changes his facial expressions, dances, tells jokes, riddles, cosmic facts and trivia. Orders are placed in vertical digital cockpits. The drinks are served in futuristic, custom-made (MSC branded) souvenir glasses. The humanoid bartender can prepare a total of 16 "cosmic cocktails" (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) plus personalized (made-to-order) drinks using 40+ ingredients.

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On February 1, 2016, MSC announced a ship order for two Meraviglia Plus-class liners. The newbuilds are with max capacity 6300 passengers, 200 additional cabins and longer (16 m / 50 ft) compared to Meraviglia-Class. Meraviglia-Plus vessels were scheduled for deliveries in November 2019 (Grandiosa) and April 2020 (Virtuosa).

Bookings on MSC Virtuosa cruises were opened on November 21, 2018 (for MSC Voyagers Club/loyalty program members) and on December 3 (for general customers). Sales for the inaugural cruise (November 8, 2020, from Genoa) 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. All potential customers also receive 5% Early Booking discount (through June 3, 2019).

The vessel's construction started with the keel-laying (coin) ceremony held on February 27, 2019, at St Nazaire's Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard. The ship was rescheduled for delivery in November 2020. On the same day (Feb 27), to MSC was delivered Bellissima. During the traditional keel-laying, two shipyard employees placed 2 special-edition coins (under hull’s first keel block) for good luck. The ceremony's godmothers were Helen Huang (MSC Cruises China's President) and Elise Guerin (shipyard's Project Manager).

The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on December 1, 2019, following the delivery of MSC Grandiosa (October 31) and the steel-cutting of MSC Europa (also on Oct 31). Chantiers de l’Atlantique officially delivered Virtuosa to MSC on February 1, 2021. The ceremony was attended by Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC's Executive Chairman) and his family (the wife Alexa Aponte-Vago and the children) and Laurent Castaing (shipbuilder's General Manager).

Meraviglia Plus-Class ship technology

New features on Meraviglia-Plus ships include the first at sea fine-art museum (with original artworks), longer (111 m / 36 ft) indoor promenade (Galleria) and larger LED screen (95x6 m / 280x20 ft) for pool deck's outdoor theater. The extra space in the Galleria allows two additional restaurants. MSC signed an exclusive partnership with Samsung (providing the digital technology) and Cirque du Soleil (providing live shipboard programming).

Meraviglia Plus-class ships are also fleet's most technologically-advanced, implementing the latest marine engine technologies. Their machinery includes hybrid scrubbers (exhaust gas cleaning systems), SCR (selective catalytic reduction system converting NOx into diatomic nitrogen), most efficient waste plant, latest wastewater treatment system, superior recycling capabilities, emission-reducing, and fuel-efficient heat recovery system.

MSC's ZOE

On February 1, 2019, MSC officially revealed the in-cabin digital assistant ZOE. The technology ("cruise industry first") was developed by Harman International (US-based company, a fully-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics). Harman International has developed digital audio solutions for major corporations (Including Google, Microsoft, Amazon).

ZOE is an artificial intelligence device (voice-enabled, with advanced voice recognition software) available in all passenger staterooms. ZOE speaks 7 languages, answer cruise-related questions, provides info on shipboard services-activities-facilities, makes reservations and bookings.

The digital device features far-field microphones, top-quality speaker, quad-core processor (for fast response times), direct phone connection (through Bluetooth). The system can also upgrade its own database to answer previously unanswerable questions.

Passenger data (including itinerary/tour and shipboard preferences) is stored in the Cloud Storage system and used on the next scheduled voyage.

The device (sized ~15 cm) can be activated whenever passengers choose. A waiver must be signed to agree for their personal data to be stored.

 

Starting with Bellissima (2019), ZOE is now available on all newbuild MSC liners and introduced fleetwide over 2019-2024.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2021

MSC Virtuosa was eventually rescheduled to enter service on April 16 (inaugural cruise date) starting a mini-season in the Mediterranean (4 voyages/3- 4-10-night itineraries) before the Med-Baltic repositioning to Germany, where started the Northern European program (roundtrips from Kiel/7-day and 14-day B2Bs) on May 8.

4-day roundtrip Mediterranean ($400 pp with double occupancy)

Date / TimePort
16 Apr 17:00Departing from Genoa-Milan, Italy
17 Apr 07:00 - 16:00Ajaccio, Corsica France
18 Apr 12:00 - 19:00Barcelona, Spain
19 Apr 09:00 - 17:00Marseille, France Riviera
20 Apr 09:00Arriving in Genoa

(repositioning) 10-day from Genoa to Kiel (from $400 pp)

Date / TimePort
28 Apr 17:00Departing from Genoa
29 Apr 13:00 - 21:00Barcelona, Spain
01 May 07:00 - 17:00Cadiz, Spain
02 May 08:00 - 17:00Lisbon, Portugal
03 May 09:00 - 18:00Vigo, Galicia Spain
05 May 07:00 - 21:00Southampton, England
08 May 07:00Arriving in Kiel, Germany

(inaugural Norway-Baltic Cruise) 14-day B2B-back-to-back "Northern Europe" - $1270 pp

Date / TimePort
08 May 19:00Departing from Kiel
09 May 09:00 - 18:00Copenhagen, Denmark
11 May 07:00 - 19:00Hellesylt, Norway
12 May 07:00 - 17:00Alesund, Norway
13 May 08:00 - 18:00Flam, Norway
15 May 09:00 - 19:00Kiel, Germany
16 May 08:00 - 18:00Copenhagen, Denmark
18 May 12:00 - 18:00Helsinki, Finland
19 May 07:00 - 21:00St Petersburg, Russia
20 May 09:00 - 18:00Tallinn, Estonia
22 May 07:00Arriving in Kiel

(Mediterranean) 9-day itinerary ($700 pp)

Date / TimePort
22 Sep 17:00Departing from Genoa
24 Sep 12:00 - 19:00Malaga, Spain
25 Sep 09:00 - 23:00Casablanca, Morocco
27 Sep 08:00 - 16:00Lisbon, Portugal
29 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Barcelona, Spain
30 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Marseille, France Riviera
01 Oct 09:00Arriving in Genoa

(Inaugural Suez Canal relocation) 25-day from Genoa to Dubai and Doha ($2430 pp)

Date / TimePort
07 Nov 18:00Departing from Genoa
08 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
10 Nov 08:00 - 16:00Valletta, Malta
12 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
13 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Rhodes Island, Greece
14 Nov 19:00 - 15 Nov 17:30Suez Canal, Egypt
16 Nov 09:00 - 19:00Aqaba-Petra, Jordan
21 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Salalah, Oman
23 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Muscat, Oman
25 Nov 07:00 - 21:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
26 Nov 07:00 - 27 Nov 23:00Dubai, UAE
28 Nov 07:00 - 21:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
29 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE private island
01 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Mina Salman-Manama, Bahrain
02 Dec 07:00Arriving in Doha, Qatar

(Inaugural Red Sea cruise/roundtrips from the UAE and Quatar) 7-day from Dubai ($450 pp)

Date / TimePort
27 Nov 23:00Departing from Dubai
28 Nov 07:00 - 21:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
29 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE private island
01 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Mina Salman-Manama, Bahrain
02 Dec 07:00 - 16:00Doha, Qatar
04 DecArriving in Dubai

Godspeed!

Inaugural cruise 2020 (CANCELLED)

The vessel was planned for inauguration in 2020, but due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, it was rescheduled for 2021 April. Next table show's ship's Maiden Voyage scheduled for 2020.

(Maiden Voyage) 7-day Inaugural Cruise from Genoa

08 Nov 18:00Departing from Genoa
09 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
10 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Sicily Italy
11 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
13 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
15 Nov 08:00Arriving in Genoa

Next are listed the planned/cancelled for 2020 maiden departures from the other 4 homeports, also showing times during homeport stays.

7-day Inaugural Cruise from Rome

09 Nov 18:00Departing from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
10 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Sicily Italy
11 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
13 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa-Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00Arriving in Civitavecchia-Rome

7-day Inaugural Cruise from Palermo

10 Nov 17:00Departing from Palermo, Sicily Italy
11 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
13 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa-Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
17 Nov 10:00Arriving in Palermo

7-day Inaugural Cruise from Barcelona

13 Nov 18:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, France
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa-Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
17 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Sicily Italy
18 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
20 Nov 09:00Arriving in Barcelona

7-day Inaugural Cruise from Marseille

14 Nov 17:00Departing from Marseille, France Riviera
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa-Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
17 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Palermo, Sicily Italy
18 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
20 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
21 Nov 08:00Arriving in Marseille

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