MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Virtuosa

Year built2020 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 Grandiosa
Christened bytba

Review of MSC Virtuosa

Launched in 2020, 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-RomePalermo SicilyMarseille France) and 7-day Western Mediterranean cruises. The 6-port roundtrip itineraries, along with the rotational homeports, also visit Malta (Valletta).

Cabins

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

MSC Virtuosa 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 speciality meats from all around the world.

Follows the complete list of MSC Virtuosa 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 9:30 p.m.; with 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)
  • 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 Virtuosa has a large water park connected to an indoor amusement park on two levels and to 2-deck entertainment space (interior promenade) housing speciality 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 speciality 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.

  • 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 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
  • Casino
  • Aft Bar Lounge
  • 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 the ship - transformed into a dance space at night)
  • sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
  • Yacht Club Bar Lounge
  • 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 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 (the fleet's largest), Pool Bar
  • 2 Whirlpools; 2 Solariums; 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

MSC Virtuosa wiki

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).

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 is scheduled for delivery in November 2020. On the same day (Feb 27), to MSC was delivered the liner Bellissima. During the traditional keel-laying, two shipyard employees placed 2 special-edition coins (under hull’s first keel block) for good luck. Ceremony's godmothers were Helen Huang (MSC Cruises China's President) and Elise Guerin (shipyard's Project 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 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 will be available on all newbuild MSC liners - including Grandiosa (2019) and Virtuosa (2020) - and introduced fleetwide over 2019-2024.

Inaugural cruise 2020

Next table show's ship's maiden voyage scheduled for November 8, 2020.

(Maiden Voyage) 7-day Inaugural Cruise from Genoa

08 Nov 18:00Departing from Genoa, Milan, Italy
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 Riviera
15 Nov 08:00Arriving in Genoa, Milan, Italy

Next, are listed 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 Riviera
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

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 Riviera
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Genoa, Milan, Italy
16 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
17 Nov 10:00Arriving in Palermo, Sicily, Italy

7-day Inaugural Cruise from Barcelona

13 Nov 18:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Marseille, 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 09:00Arriving in Barcelona, Spain

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, France Riviera

Godspeed to the new ship!

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MSC Virtuosa Itineraries

The below listed MSC Virtuosa 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
2020 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2020 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Jan 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Jan 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Jan 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Palermo
2021 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2021 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa

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