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MSC Grandiosa: Nonstop family activities on a high-tech megaship
MSC Grandiosa launched in November 2019 as the flagship and largest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet. The megaship holds 4,842 passengers at double capacity and 6,334 people at maximum capacity.
The vessel, first in the new class of Meraviglia-Plus super-ships, breaks new ground in a number of ways. First, and most surprisingly, the ship was designed to be environmentally friendly, with a substantially smaller carbon footprint than typical cruise ships. (See below for details.)
In addition, the ship offers some cutting-edge tech, such as the RFID wristband that can open cabin doors and pay for drinks and the MSC for Me wristband and Family and Friends Locator app that keeps track of fellow shipmates. You'll also find touch screens throughout the ship and a voice-enabled assistant in every cabin. And you can't miss the 305-foot-long LED screen — a “digital sky” — hovering above the promenade with light shows and changing imagery.
MSC Grandiosa also introduces Il Campo restaurant for Aurea Experience passengers and features the largest shopping area on a cruise ship. And with four pools, fun-filled waterslides and a wealth of entertainment options, MSC Grandiosa makes for a memorable family getaway.
Where MSC Grandiosa sails
MSC Grandiosa was originally scheduled to reposition to South America but is slated to continue its Mediterranean sailings for the foreseeable future. Grandiosa was MSC's first ship to resume operations during the pandemic. The ship currently offers 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises to such popular destinations as Barcelona, Portofino, Rome, Valencia, Palermo and Marseille.
Guests get a wide range of restaurants to suit their tastes and budget during a voyage on MSC Grandiosa.
- L’Olivo Doree is one of the two main restaurants on the ship, featuring traditional cruise fare.
- Panorama is the second included restaurant on Grandiosa.
- The Marketplace Buffet features casual buffet-style dining.
Most of the venues on board charge for meals on top of your base fare. These include:
- Kaito Sushi Bar: Japanese cuisine
- Butcher’s Cut: a classic American steakhouse experience
- Ristorante Italiano: authentic Italian fare
- L’Olivo d’Oro Restaurant: Mediterranean cuisine
- Kaito Teppanyaki: hibachi-style cuisine
- L’Atelier Bistro: Intimate Parisian-style French bistro
- Il Campo: Spanish cuisine
- Hola! Tapas Bar: fresh Spanish tapas
And the MSC Yacht Club Grill is open only to Yacht Club guests.
Entertainment & activities
MSC Grandiosa brims with options for the active cruiser. You'll find four swimming pools, including two main pools, a private pool for MSC Yacht guests and an indoor pool. Head to the jungle-themed Wild Forest Aqua Park for its four twisting waterslides and 270-foot-long Himalayan suspension bridge. There’s also a small water park for the kiddies.
The ship features multiple bars and lounges on board, ranging from the Sky Lounge and Bar for live music to the Grandiosa Bar, a good spot for people watching. In addition to the largest shopping area on a cruise ship, you'll also find a theater for music and dance productions; the TV Studio & Bar for comedy and karaoke; a 4-D cinema (the fourth dimension? who knew?); movies at poolside; a high-tech virtual reality games area, bowling in the full bowling alley and basketball or soccer in the Sportsplex. Naturally, Grandiosa also features regular Cirque du Soleil shows with aerial acrobatics.
And, of course, if you're feeling lucky, head to the casino with its 164 slot machines and live gaming tables.
The ship features 2,421 staterooms in all, including more handicap-accessible cabins than in earlier MSC ships, plus new family and group cabins that can connect three rooms in a row. Basic cabin types include:
- Balcony staterooms
- Family cabins
- Ocean-view staterooms
- Interior staterooms
- Interior studio staterooms
The rooms feature modern designs and stylish furnishings, with recessed lighting and fairly high ceilings. Ocean-view staterooms provide large sitting areas, and family cabins come with outside balconies and can fit up to 12 people. A basic suite can hold up to six and comes with a spacious balcony.
MSC Yacht Club
Guests who pay a premium and sign up for an MSC Yacht Club package receive lots of extra goodies: unlimited alcoholic beverages all throughout the ship at no extra charge; access to a private restaurant; access to a private pool and bar; access to a private lounge with snacks available all day; 24-hour butler and concierge service, and priority check-in and check-out.
Green energy footprint
With an eye to the environment, MSC Grandiosa features systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80% and sulfur emissions by up to 97%. Its energy-efficient hull uses 28% less fuel than MSC’s Fantasia class ships. When docked, the ship can run on shore power.
Following the launch of Grandiosa, other Meraviglia Plus-class ships include MSC Virtuoso, which debuted in May 2021, and MSC Europa, arriving in December 2022.
Interested in a cruise on this ship?
For pricing, itinerary information and to reserve your spot on MSC Grandiosa, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant by email or call 1-877-322-3773.