MSC Meraviglia ship stats

  • Price:

    $$$$
  • Size:

    L
  • Total Passengers:

    4,500
  • Total Crew:

    1,400
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio:

    3.21
  • Number of Decks:

    16
  • Total Cabins:

    1,556
  • Cabin Categories:

    23
  • Gross Tonnage:

    168
  • Length:

    315
  • Beam:

    43

MSC Meraviglia overview

MSC Meraviglia is MSC Cruises’ newest ship, and it weighs in at a massive 171,598 gross tons holding 4,500 guests. Debuting in 2016, it is the first of MSC’s Vista-class ships, and sails the Mediterranean from three home ports: Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona. In 2019, the ship will set sail for North America, as MSC looks to capture the attention of more guests in the Western Hemisphere. Meraviglia is MSC’s largest ship to date, and is only fourth in size after Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels. It features a large indoor promenade with a massive LED “sky” dome that changes images throughout the day or for special occasions, as well as a large lido pool with an ample amount of loungers.

Since MSC Meraviglia is such a large ship, those that prefer an intimate, small setting for a cruise should probably steer away. On the other hand, guests that want a large, technologically-advanced ship with lots of activities and dining options may find that Meraviglia fits the bill nicely. Families enjoy the aqua park with three water slides, Formula 1 virtual reality racecars, a flight simulator, and full-sized bowling alley. There are also kids clubs for toddlers all the way up to teens, where youth can make new friends, play games, and participate in fun activities.

MSC Meraviglia Entertainment

Adults will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the large open-deck aft pool area transforms into a dance and entertainment space at night. Twice a night, six days a week is a Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic show, in the ship’s specially-built Carousel Lounge. One is called “Sonor,” which centers on a villain out to steal “sound.” Viaggio, the second Cirque show, is filled with color, juggling, astonishing feats, and casts a happy vibe over the audience.

MSC Meraviglia Dining

MSC Cruises is known for their Italian ambiance and cuisine, but Meraviglia brings a bit of American tastes into the mix as well. A first for MSC is an American-style steakhouse called Butcher’s Cut, and a Teppanyaki and sushi bar - complete with all of the classic knife juggling and jokes that Japanese Teppanyaki lovers will recognize. A classic aboard MSC ships is the Italian marketplace chain Eataly, which comes in the form of a small, lighter fare venue on the promenade deck, as well as Eataly Ristorante Italiano, serving up exclusively Italian food. Eataly is also a learning experience, where you can get advice on Mediterranean cuisine from the experts, and purchase things like pasta and olive oil. On the main promenade lies French master chocolatier Chef Jean-Philippe Chocolate & Cafe. Detailed chocolate creations are set up in glass cases for guests to admire, and the chocolate desserts are, obviously, the highlight of the cafe.

Meraviglia has several main dining rooms, depending upon whether you choose a set or flexible dining time, each with its own ambiance and color scheme. The ship also offers a massive buffet with lots of food stations, like pasta, pizza, meats, and fruits and vegetables. Be sure not to miss the mozzarella area, where you can watch as the soft cheese, so popular in Italian dishes, is made right onboard. For a cocktail or beer, stop by the American-style Sports Bar, the Attic Club with a dancefloor and techno/house music, or the Sky Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lido deck.

MSC Meraviglia Staterooms

Interior cabins on MSC Meraviglia can accommodate two guests and are around 172 square feet, while oceanviews hold 2-4 guests, (depending on the layout) and run 161 - 194 square feet. Balcony rooms accommodate up to four guests and are just over 200 square feet, not counting the balcony space. The ship also offers connecting staterooms for larger families, studio cabins for solo travelers, and a variety of suites - including Yacht Club suites which come with priority check-in, butler service, access to Yacht Club restaurants, decks, and lounges, luxury cabin amenities, and more.

MSC Meraviglia ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 3.4
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.8
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.4
  • Onboard Activities 3.5
  • Service and Staff 4.0
  • Ship Quality 4.4

MSC Meraviglia cabins

1556 cabins and 23 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin

Inside

(21 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $71/night
Oceanview Cabin

Oceanview

(6 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $92/night
Balcony Cabin

Balcony

(55 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $107/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

(5 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $236/night

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MSC Meraviglia dining

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MSC Meraviglia onboard activities

TV Studio & Bar

TV Studio & Bar

5.0
(1 Review)
Sports Plex

Sports Plex

5.0
(1 Review)
Art Gallery

Art Gallery

5.0
(1 Review)
Shopping Arcade

Shopping Arcade

5.0
(2 Reviews)

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265 MSC Meraviglia Reviews

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Great Cruise by FredCFL

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

If you are looking for a cruise experience that is different than your typical US cruise-line, and do not mind sharing the experience from people from other countries, speaking other languages (though many were French-speaking passengers from Canada rather than France), do consider MSC. Go with an open mind, take advantage of the different cultures, and enjoy yourself.

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Beautiful Ship by CruisinBritt

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia

The cruise was great overall. We had a good experience and the staff was encouraging everyone to wash their hands before entering dining area and there was always someone at the door with sanitizer.

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Terrific Cruise by svesey

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

We enjoyed our relaxing time on board (main reason for vacation). This was my 5th MSC cruise and definitely a fan.

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2LoveBikes
Jan 27, 2020

Come to be inspired by the modern conveniences. MSC does not go out for a lot of space so dont pack too heavy especially if more than 2 in a room. For Yacht Club Experience it is like being in a private club (dining room, private pool area and lounges, lounge and host of butlers and concierge desk.

FredCFL
Mar 20, 2020

Make use of the MSC for Me app. It is accessible from your phone and your cabin TV, and some features from the touch screen displays throughout the ship. You can check the ship's schedule, set up a personal schedule, make reservations for shows and restaurants, check daily dining room menus, check your bill, and chat with other shipmates.

WindyCityMark
Mar 01, 2020

Be sure to get up early to get a lounger by the pool. Make reservations for excursions with private party vendors on-line before sailing vs. going through the ship. Much more variety at better prices.

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