The second Meraviglia-Plus class cruise ship for MSC Cruises, the 181,000 gross tonne MSC Virtuosa has had its large light-up nameplate lifted into position.
MSC Virtuosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The ship was originally due to debut in November 2020 but its launch has been postponed until early-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In spring 2021, the new ship is scheduled to cruise Northern Europe and the Baltic, before re-positioning to Dubai in the autumn, where she will be based throughout the winter, sailing seven-night cruise itineraries in the Persian Gulf to the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
The 6334-passenger MSC Virtuosa will be a sister ship to MSC Grandiosa which launched in 2019. Both of the Meraviglia-Plus class ships are equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system that helps to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 80 percent, along with a closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces ship sulfur emissions by up to 97 percent. MSC Virtuosa will also be capable of running on shorepower when docked.