MSC Cruises currently have 19 ships in their fleet and are expected to launch another 10 ships between 2022 and 2027.
MSC Cruises History
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately held cruise line. Based in Napoli, MSC Cruises’ history began more than 300 years ago, with the seafaring Aponte family from Sorrento in Italy. In 1970, Gianluigi Aponte founded the Mediterranean Shipping Company with the purchase of single cargo ship.
In 1989, Mediterranean Shipping Lines bought Lauro Lines (Flotta Lauro) and renamed it StarLauro Cruises. After their Achille Lauro caught fire and sank in 1994, the company was renamed MSC Cruises in 1995. It wasn’t until 2003 that MSC Cruises started a multi-billion Euro investment programme to build one of the world’s most modern cruise fleet. Between 2004 and 2014, MSC Cruises grew by 800 percent.
In 2019, MSC Cruises placed an order for four 1,000 passenger, 64,000-gross ton ships. In June 2021, MSC Group revealed that its new luxury brand would be called Explora Journeys. The first ship in this class is expected to set sail in 2023.
MSC Cruises Fleet of Cruise Ships
Here is the list of their current and future fleet:
MSC Armonia (2001)
MSC Sinfonia (2002)
MSC Lirica (2003)
MSC Opera (2004)
MSC Musica (2006)
MSC Orchestra (2007)
MSC Poesia (2008)
MSC Fantasia (2008)
MSC Splendida (2009)
MSC Magnifica (2010)
MSC Divina (2012)
MSC Preziosa (2013)
MSC Meraviglia (2017)
MSC Seaside (2017)
MSC Seaview (2018)
MSC Bellissima (2019)
MSC Grandiosa (2019)
MSC Virtuosa (2021)
MSC Seashore (2021)
MSC World Europa (2022; World-class #1)
MSC Seascape (November 2022)
Explora I (2023; Explora Journeys)
MSC Euribia (June 2023)
Explora II (2024)
World-class II (2024)
Explora III (2025)
World-class III (2025)
Explora IV (2026)
World-class IV (2027)
What to Know to Get Hired
MSC Cruises specializes in the Mediterranean cruise market but they also offer a wide range of other itineraries including Northern Europe, Caribbean, and South America. Also, since December 2019, MSC Cruises has operated their own private cruise ship destination in the Bahamas, called Ocean Cay.
They have one of the youngest fleets at sea, boasting many new innovations and latest technologies. Their ships are extremely family friendly with extensive youth and teen clubs for kids aged three to 17 years old, but they also have a Baby Club for ages 0 to three years old.
How to Apply for Cruise Ship Jobs
You can browse their job vacancies on their employment pages and introduce yourself by registering your profile to start your application process. Although you can apply online for most jobs within their company, when applying for a position in Culinary, Dining, Bars, Housekeeping, Deck Ratings, or Engine Ratings, you can also apply through an MSC Cruises recruitment partner.
Cruise Line Website: MSC Cruises
Employment Pages: MSC Careers
Employment Pages: Hiring Partners
Cruise Ship Jobs (Performers): CAMUS
Cruise Ship Jobs (Musicians): Rossetti Entertainment
Updated: November 11, 2021