MSC Cruises Celebrates One Year Back at Sea

MSC Cruises commemorated being back at sea yesterday for twelve months following the global industry’s shutdown in March 2020 as a result of the global pandemic.

Just over a year ago, MSC Cruises became the first major cruise brand to resume operations for international sailings when MSC Grandiosa departed Genoa for a seven-night voyage in the West Mediterranean.

This re-start was down to a range of local, regional and national authorities in Europe sanctioning a Health and Safety protocol that MSC Cruises had developed with an external panel of medical and public health experts designed for the wellbeing of guests, crew and communities that the Company’s ships would call. A protocol that, eventually, set the standard for the industry and paved the way for more lines to restart.  

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MSC Seashore, Infinity Pool

Twelve months on and more than half of the line’s fleet is safely back at sea – sailing around the UK, both the Mediterranean Sea and Baltic Sea in Europe, North America and the Caribbean and the Red Sea in the Middle East. More ships are scheduled to resume operations in the coming weeks and months as part of the line’s phased plan for returning the full fleet to operations by next year.

Remarkably, MSC Cruises has forged ahead with its determined ambition for sustainable growth as it simultaneously returned ships to water.

For the line, the past twelve months were a very busy year of return to service but it retained an undiminished laser-focus on the long-term future of the business and in a sustainable manner. Here are some highlights from the past year at MSC Cruises:


  • Two new builds delivered in the calendar year 2021.
  • No ships put up for sale.  No ships sent to the scrapyard.
  • MSC Virtuosa in February from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France (CdA).
  • MSC Seashore in July 2021 from Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy. 
  • Steel cut in June 2021 for second LNG-powered ship MSC Euribia to be delivered in 2023 (CdA).
  • Keel laid in June 2021 for MSC Seascape to be delivered in November 2022 (Fincantieri).
  • Five-year preferential berthing rights deal signed with Cruise Saudi for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Restart Schedule

Ten Ships Currently Sailing

  • MSC Virtuosa – UK
  • MSC GrandiosaMSC SeasideMSC Seashore – West Mediterranean
  • MSC OrchestraMSC SplendidaMSC Magnifica – East Mediterranean
  • MSC Seaview – Baltic Sea, Germany
  • MSC Bellissima – Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
  • MSC Meraviglia – North America and the Caribbean, USA


  • MSC Seashore – first cruise ship in the world to feature ‘Safe Air’, UV-C lamp technology to eliminate 99 percent of viruses and bacteria onboard.
  • MSC Grandiosa in October 2020 received RINA’s ‘Biosafe Ship’ notation for infection risk mitigation.
  • MSC Seashore in July 2021 received RINA’s ‘Sustainable Ship’ notation for environmental management.

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John Shallo
John Shallo
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