MSC Meraviglia is a large resort-style cruise ship. She was the lead ship in MSC's Vista class (sometimes called Meraviglia class). Her sister ship is MSC Bellissima.
To construct Meraviglia, MSC turned to STX Europe, which operates the shipyard at St. Nazaire, France. This yard built such maritime legends as the Normandie, SS France, Queen Mary 2, and more recently the largest cruise ships in the world Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.
Although Meraviglia is not the largest cruise ship in the world, she is very big. Unlike the innovative design of her smaller fleetmate MSC Seaside, the exterior design of Meraviglia is similar to other contemporary cruise ships. The ship has a large central pool area and an aft pool area, which can be transformed into a dance venue in the evening. It also has an aquapark with three twisting water slides.
Inside, Meraviglia is decorated like an upmarket Las Vegas resort. Highlights include a 315 foot long central promenade lined with shops and restaurants. Overhead, a giant 5,200 square foot LED screen shows changing scenes and images. A staircase with 32,000 Swarovski crystals embedded in it dominates the atrium.
Entertainment offerings include Cirque du Soleil at sea in the 10,700 sq. ft. Carousel Lounge, which also acts as a disco. There is also a high tech theater and TV studio. In addition to various bar, other entertainment features include a race car simulator and an indoor sportsplex where young passengers can play sports and socialize.
Meraviglia has 12 dining venues. The ship's main dining rooms serve a Mediterranean-inspired menu and there are separate venues for those who prefer traditional set time dining and for those who prefer a flexible dining system. Specialty restaurants include a tapas bar, a Teppanyaki venue, an American-style steakhouse, a seafood restaurant, and an Italian restaurant. There is also a large buffet restaurant.
As on most new cruise ships, Meraviglia has an area reserved exclusively for guests staying in certain suites - - the MSC Yacht Club.
MSC attracts guests from many nations and so announcements are made in several languages. For the time that Meraviglia is based in Miami, English is to be the first language of the ship.
Although Mediterranean-inspired, this is a very active cruise experience with theme parties, parades and poolside parties.
TONNAGE: 171,598 gross tons
LENGTH: 316 meters, 1,036 ft.
BEAM: 43 meters, 141 ft.
DRAFT: 8.75 meters, 28.7 ft.
SPEED: 22.7 knots (maximum)
POWER PLANT: Diesel electric
PROPULSION: Two ABB Azipods
LINE: MSC Cruises
BUILDER: STX Europe (France)
CAPACITY: 4,500 (double occupancy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2017
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