Masters of the Sea
The MSC Cruises experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. MSC Cruises translates its passion for the sea into a commitment to excellence in hospitality, professionalism, dedication and mastery of every single detail to ensure the complete happiness and satisfaction of each and every guest.
MSC Cruises is the world's largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe and South America. out ships sail year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and our seasonal itineraries include Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South America, South Africa, China, the United Arab Emirates and Sir Bani Yas.
A centuries-old relationship with the sea
Having a history is a privilege. While others need to invent theirs, we have a true story to tell. It begins more than 300 years ago, with the seafaring Aponte family from Sorrento in Italy.
Building on the experience and expertise gained over the centuries, this family of ship owners and captains went on to create MSC Cruises, now the largest privately owned cruise company in the world.
First record of the Aponte family’s involvement in maritime transport to and from Naples.
Gianluigi Aponte founds the Mediterranean Shipping Company with the purchase of a single ship. MSC has since grown to become a world leader in global container shipping operating over 465 vessels.
MSC announces its entry into the cruise business, purchasing the iconic liner Monterey.
Start of a $5.5 billion investment program to build the world’s most modern cruise fleet.
MSC Cruises is the first cruise company in the world to be awarded the coveted ‘6 Golden Pearls’ for its outstanding standards in environmental protection, health and safety.
MSC Cruises launched an ambitious $5.1 billion investment plan that comprises the order of up to seven new ships and the Renaissance Program to enlarge four existing ships of the MSC Cruises fleet.
This second phase investment plan is increased from $5.1 billion to $9 billion with the signing of a letter of intent to build a further four World class ships.