First there was their ship in South America where 13 of the crew came down with rubella and then today there are a host of videos on you tube showing the collision between 2 MSC ships. The last one I saw was from on the ship and shows no only did the one ship run into the other it then proceeded to hit the pier and do some damage there as well. One of the videos from on shore shows the one ship docked and the other departing. Looks like they did not account for the wind and were pushed into the docked one.
Been seeing a lot of bad publicity for MSC this week
Stuff happens all over. Kind of surprised it doesn't happen more often. In the real Navy, where rank actually means something, the quickest way to the beach and out is to dent your ship. But what do I know, I was an expert on dirt.
The Epic also hit a pier last week. Not a great week for ships.
I'd still give MSC a try, but only on a US itinerary. From reviews and YouTube the service and food on the European cruises by MSC is not great.
Well, they certainly have plenty of new ships on order. The largest privately owned cruise line in the world. And unless they own Berlitz or have an inside track there somewhere, their cuisine and service ratings aren't all that bad. "Why is the company so successful? It's the soft-ware (crew), its multinational abilities, and attention to the finer details. The decor is decidedly European/Mediterranean except for the ships dedicated the North American market, with much understated elegance and really high-quality soft furnishings and other materials such as Italian marble and swarzavoski glass stairways."-----
In 2018---MSC #1, Celebrity #2, Princess #3, HAL #4, NCL & RCI tied #5, Carnival #6, AIDA # 7, COSTA #8
In 2019---MSC #1, Princess #2, Celebrity #3, RCI #4, NCL #5, HAL #6, COSTA & AIDA tied #7, Carnival #8
They don't have lecturers due to the multilingual emphasis--I don't know if this applies to their North American sailings or not. If so, that is enough reason for me not to book.
MSC Cruises has begun a $10 billion investment to bring 15 new cruise ships into their fleet over the next decade. Three are already in service with the following nine on order or under construction:MSC Bellissima (2019) 167,600 GT, 4,500 passengers MSC Grandiosa ( 2019) 177,000 GT, 4,900 passengers MSC Virtuosa (2020) 177,000 GT, 4,900 passengers Seaside Evo Class Ship (2021) 169,000 GT, 4,500 passengers World Class Ship (2022) 200,000 GT, 5,400 passengers 2nd Seaside Evo Class Ship (2023) 154,000 GT, 4,500 passengers Luxury Ship (2023) 64,000 gross tons, 1,000 passengers 2nd World Class Ship (2024) 200,000 GT, 5,400 passengers 2nd Luxury Ship (2024) 64,000 gross tons, 1,000 passengers 3rd World Class Ship (2025) 200,000 GT, 5,400 passengers 3rd Luxury Ship (2025) 64,000 gross tons, 1,000 passengers 4th World Class Ship (2026) 200,000 GT, 5,400 passengers 4th Luxury Ship (2026) 64,000 gross tons, 1,000 passengers