MSC Magnifica

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Maiden voyage MSC Magnifica (Amsterdam, March 9th 2010)
Name: MSC Magnifica
Owner: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: 22x20px Panama
Builder: STX Europe (Saint-Nazaire, France)
Cost: $547 million
Yard number: T32
Launched: January 2009
Christened: March 6, 2010 in Hamburg (planned)
Maiden voyage: March 9, 2010 from Amsterdam (planned)
In service: March 2010 (planned)
Identification: IMO number: 9387085
Status: Active as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Musica class cruise ship
Tonnage: 93,330 gross tons
Length: 293.8 metres (964 ft)
Beam: 32.2 metres (106 ft)
Decks: 13 decks[1]
Speed: 23-knot (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 2,518 passengers (normal)
3,605 passengers (maximum)
Crew: 1,027 crew
Notes: Panamax cruise ship

MSC Magnifica is a Musica-class cruise ship operated by MSC Cruises. Constructed by STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire, the ship was launched in January 2009, completed in January 2010, and entered service in March 2010. The cruise ship is initially operating in the western Mediterranean.

Design and construction

The fourth ship to be built to the Musica class design, MSC Magnifica was constructed by STX Europe in their shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France.[2][3] She was built at a cost of $547 million.[4]

The vessel is 293.8 metres (964 ft) long, with a beam of 32.2 metres (106 ft).[3] The 93,330-gross ton vessel can reach a maximum speed of 23-knot (43 km/h; 26 mph)[3] MSC Magnifica has 1,259 cabins; 2,518 passengers can be carried at double occupancy, while 3,605 can be carried at full capacity.[1][3] A crew of 1,027 operate the ship and provide for the passengers.[1]

MSC Magnifica was identified by the shipyard hull number T32 during construction.[4] The IMO ship identification number 9387085 will remain associated with the ship throughout her life, even if she changes names or operating companies.[5]

MSC Magnifica was floated out of her drydock in a launching ceremony in January 2009.[6] A 72-hour sea trial period was successfully completed on 17 January 2010, despite poor weather and 50-knot (93 km/h) winds.[2] A flag-changing[clarification needed] ceremony will be held on February 25, 2010 in Saint-Nazaire, and the ship will be christened on March 6, 2010 at a ceremony in Hamburg.[2]


  • 22,000 square metres (240,000 sq ft) of public-accessible area across 13 decks.[1][2]
  • Three swimming pools, one with a retractable, all-weather roof.[1]
  • Four restaurants and a buffet.[2]
  • 17 bars and lounges.[2]
  • A 1,160-metre (3,810 ft) spa and wellness centre.[2]
  • Entertainment facilities included a 4-D cinema, a bowling alley, and a billiards hall.[2]

Operational history

From 20 March 2010, MSC Magnifica will operate on seven-day cruises in the western Mediterranean, visiting ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Technical Sheet". MSC Cruises. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "Successful sea trials for MSC Crociere’s newest ship". Independent Online (Standard Publications Ltd). Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "MSC Magnifica". Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Colton, Tim. "Large Cruise Ships on Order". Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. United States Coast Guard (USCG). "MSC Magnifica". Port State Information Exchange. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  6. "MSC Magnifica". Ship Info. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

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