MSC Virtuosa will first set sail from Southampton on May 20. As the one of the newest and most innovative ships to sail in the UK this summer, British guests will be the very first to discover MSC Cruises’ newest and most innovative ship with show stopping activities, next-generation technology, award-winning family offering, and unbeatable entertainment, all in one place.
In terms of stats, MSC Virtuosa will come in at 177,100 gross registered tons, carry 6,297 passengers (at full occupancy) and span a length of 331 meters (1,086 feet). In addition to the bells and whistles afforded to the Meraviglia Plus Class by the Meraviglia Class, the Plus ships will also feature Cirque du Soleil performances, an indoor promenade with a digital sky ceiling, an indoor amusement park, an outdoor water park and the first contemporary fine art museum at sea. Further, passengers will be able to access their cabins, book reservations and make purchases throughout the ship using wristband technology.
Environmentally Advanced Technology
MSC Virtuosa is one of MSC Cruises’ most-environmentally-advanced ships at sea yet and testament to the Company’s long-standing commitment to protect the seas and respect the communities that it touches. The ship is highly equipped with advanced cutting-edge technologies geared to ensure ever cleaner air emissions and improved overall environmental performance both while at sea and ashore.
Enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues like the Carousel Lounge and the multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club, TV studio & Bar. Younger guests can take advantage of the super-amusement park and sports centre to play sports and games during the daytime and party and dance in the evening. And the whole family can enjoy hours of fun in one of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea.
Here are five of the many highlights guests can expect on board:
EXCLUSIVITY AND PRIVACY AT THE MSC YACHT CLUB
The MSC Yacht club offers a place where guests can indulge in the exclusive luxury of a private club. Stunning suites, including two MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites with a private balcony whirlpool bath, are spread over three upper decks, linked by glittering MSC Cruises signature Swarowski crystal staircases. At the exclusive, 120-seat Top Sail restaurant, guests can dine in style with a curated à la carte gourmet menu paired with a wide selection of wines as well as enjoy the Top Sail Lounge and private pool and spacious sun deck.
A PLATE FOR EVERY PALATE
An unparalleled dining experience awaits guests on board MSC Virtuosa. There are five main dining restaurants, five specialty restaurants, 21 bars and lounges both indoor and outdoor, and globally inspired menus from all corners of the Earth. Whether guests are looking for a steakhouse, fresh seafood, Mediterranean cuisine or sushi and Asian dishes, every taste bud will be satisfied.
ROB, THE ROBOTIC BARTENDER
Bringing together next-generation technology and mixology, MSC Virtuosa will have on board the first futuristic, immersive experience at sea. Introducing: Rob, the robotic bartender – the star of the MSC Starship Club. A feat of engineering, Rob is a humanoid robot with different facial expressions, a voice, and the ability to move his arms, body and head in a natural way to give the impression that a real person is preparing the cocktail.
MSC Starship Club is the first immersive, futuristic experience of its kind at sea. Taking mixology to a whole other dimension, guests will find humanoid robotic bartender, ‘Rob’, behind the bar. A feat of engineering, Rob can shake up 16 signature cocktails and an infinite number of personalised cocktails, including the ‘Black Hole Punch’, ‘Galactic Cloud’, ‘Frozen Photon’ and ‘Jupiter Passion’. All drinks are served in a specially designed MSC Starship Club glass which guests can keep as a memento of their experience.
3D holograms, a digital art wall and a 12-seater infinity digital interactive table make the immersive bar out of this world, giving guests the possibility to explore space with their own personalised galactic tour.
ALL NEW TEENS LAB
As a family-owned company, MSC Cruises knows how to cater to the needs of every member of the family. Adding to the award-winning family offering, MSC Virtuosa will introduce the all-new TEENS LAB: an immersive, tech-filled space with the latest games consoles, virtual reality and music, all just for teenagers. This, along with the other activities and facilities for kids from tiny toddlers to teens, makes MSC Virtuosa the perfect option for the family holiday this year, and why not invite the grandparents too as the ship has everything for a multi-generational group including family cabins – the ideal way for the whole family to reconnect together.
A SHOPPING LOVER’S HEAVEN
MSC Cruises’ retail offering has risen to fame claiming accolades such as Cruise Retailer of the Year 2020 and Cruise Retail Environment of the Year 2020 at the Travel Retail Awards. Guests will be spoilt for choice on board MSC Virtuosa, with 11 state of-the-art boutiques housing 250 brands spread over 1,168m2 of dedicated space – the largest retail area at sea!
A choice of 12 distinct dining venues promises something special for every taste, while the wide range of bars and lounges on board offer refreshment and relaxation in the ideal atmosphere for every moment. MSC Virtuosa’s main restaurants serve a mouth-watering blend of freshly prepared Mediterranean cuisine and international specialities in elegant surroundings.
A firm favourite amongst MSC guests, American steakhouse, Butcher’s Cut will return on MSC Virtuosa, along with the stylish and entertaining Kaito Teppanyaki where chefs impress diners with tricks and flips, and the intimate Kaito Sushi Bar where sushi, sashimi and tempura is made fresh in front of guests’ eyes.
Making their debuts on MSC Virtuosa are two new speciality restaurants: Indochine and HOLA! Tacos & Cantina. Indochine combines two culinary heritages as it brings together savoury Vietnamese classics and gives them a contemporary French twist, resulting in unique fusion dishes including Green Papaya Salad and Vietnamese spring rolls.
At HOLA! Tacos & Cantina, guests can enjoy a fiesta of a feast, with MSC Cruises’ first street food dining concept where Latin American and Mexican inspired dishes are made to share alongside a top selection of Tequilas and Mezquals. At the signature salsa bar, guests can dial up the spice with a variety of sauces, while the guacamole station lets them choose between having their guacamole made for them or putting their culinary skills to the test and making it themselves at the table.
Guests can satisfy a sweet tooth in style, as award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier, Jean-Philippe Maury returns on MSC Virtuosa with Chocolat & Café and Crêpes & Gelato, two delectable concepts for pure indulgence. The Crêpes & Gelato counter is filled with tempting delicacies, including unctuous milkshakes, decadent ice creams and fruity sorbets, and classic French crêpes.
The Chocolat & Café features an open chocolaterie where guests can surround themselves in chocolate. A chocoholic’s dream, the cosy café and shop is adorned with intricate chocolate sculptures, and guests can watch the artistic chocolate-making process with their own eyes, whilst tasting an impressive array of sweet treats.
Choose from a wide variety of elegant accommodation, including family options, duplex suites with a private whirlpool bath, and the highest ratio of sea-view balcony cabins of any cruise ship.
Cabins for families are capable of accommodating up to 10 people in comfort, MSC’s Cabins for Families are created combining two or three connecting cabins each with its own bathroom. This kind of accommodation is only available with the Fantastica Experience.
If you’re wanting to ‘push the boat out’ and treat yourself, or your celebrating a special occasion why not have a look at MSC’s Yacht Club staterooms. You will receive certain benefits which makes it great value and a truly memorable experience.
MSC Yacht Club benefits