Sense of Won­der

MSC Mer­av­iglia shows off its Mediter­ranean style.

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - What’s Inside - BY DANA MCMA­HAN

MSC Mer­av­iglia shows off its Mediter­ranean style.

Though it’s one of the lead­ing cruise lines in Europe (not to men­tion South Amer­ica and South Africa), MSC Cruises isn’t yet a house­hold name in North Amer­ica. But the Swiss-based, pri­vately owned cruise line has been aim­ing to change that. It started when MSC Div­ina was in­tro­duced to the North Amer­i­can mar­ket in 2012, con­tin­ued with MSC Mer­av­iglia, chris­tened by the ever-glam­orous Sophia Loren in Le Havre, France, in June 2017, and will con­tinue even fur­ther with the up­com­ing de­but of MSC Sea­side in De­cem­ber (see side­bar). After sail­ing the Mediter­ranean and North­ern Europe, MSC Mer­av­iglia will turn her prow to­ward North Amer­ica in 2019, join­ing MSC Div­ina and MSC Sea­side in Mi­ami, where this triple threat is sure to make a splash. MSC Mer­av­iglia is the first in a new gen­er­a­tion of ships for MSC, one of 11 launch­ing by 2026. Build­ing on its deep mar­itime his­tory as the Mediter­ranean Ship­ping Com­pany ( MSC), the line is de­sign­ing its new fleet around tech­nol­ogy that trav­el­ers have come to count on to make the most of their va­ca­tion as well as a closer con­nec­tion to the sea.

The stun­ning Gal­le­ria Mer­av­iglia, the ship’s 315-foot-long cen­tral prom­e­nade.

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