MSC Splendida

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MSC Splendida in Lisbon, Portugal
Name: MSC Splendida
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Ordered: June 1, 2005[2]
Builder: STX Europe (St. Nazaire)[1][3]
Cost: $550 million[1]
Christened: July 12, 2009 by Sophia Loren in Barcelona[4]
Maiden voyage:
In service: March 2009[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,936 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 1,093.5 ft (333.30 m)[1]
Beam: 124.6 ft (37.98 m)[1]
Height: 219.2 ft (66.81 m)[8]
Draft: 27.2 ft (8.29 m)[1]
Decks: 18 total, 13 passenger decks[1][8]
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW)[1]
Propulsion: 2 propellors[1]
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)[3]
Capacity: 3,900 passengers[1]
Crew: 1,313 crew[1]
Notes: 15 elevators,[8] post-Panamax

MSC Splendida is a Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises.


MSC Splendida entered service in March 2009, as a sister ship to MSC Fantasia. She was to be named MSC Serenata, but the name was changed in May 2007 to MSC Splendida[9][10] "to reflect the ship's beauty and elegance".[11]

MSC Splendida's cruises have called at Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean ports.

MSC Splendida was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009.[12] She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009,[5] to the Mediterranean and returned July 11, to be officially named on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren.[4]

MSC Splendida appeared on Indian Tamil film Manmadan Ambu.

The ship's horn system is set up to play multiple songs, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" by Queen and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.[13]

Bardo National Museum attack[edit]

On March 18, 2015, MSC Splendida was in port in Tunis with Costa Fascinosa when gunmen opened fire on tourists at the Bardo National Museum. Twelve passengers from the ship were killed, the victims were from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Spain, Britain, Australia, Poland and France.[14][15]


MSC Splendida is expected to spend her winter season 2018/2019 operating seven night sailings in the United Arab Emirates.[16]


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  3. ^ a b "MSC Splendida". ShipParade. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  4. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Christening to Feature Sophia Loren". TravelPulse. Performance Media Group, LLC. 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  5. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Pre-Christening Voyage". Free Press Release. 2009-05-22. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03.
  6. ^ "MSC Splendida (939438)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  7. ^ a b "MSC Splendida (IMO: 9359806)". Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  8. ^ a b c "Technical Sheet" (PDF). MSC Cruises. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  9. ^ "MSC Serenata is renamed MSC Splendida". MSC Cruises. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  10. ^ "MSC Serenata is Renamed MSC Splendida". yourcruiseyourway. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  11. ^ "MSC Serenata Becomes MSC Splenida". 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  12. ^ "MSC Splendida completes trials". Ship Management International. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  13. ^ "Cruise ship MSC Splendida playing We Will Rock You / Seven Nation Army on its horn". YouTube. HD1080ide. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  14. ^ Duell, Mark; Charlton, Corey; Drury, Flora; Hall, John; Pickles, Kate; Greenhill, Sam (2015-03-08). "Fears for two Britons caught up in Tunisia museum terror attack that killed 22 as guide reveals terrifying moment 'ISIS militants' gunned down tourists as they got off buses". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-03-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Staff, CIN (2018-01-19). "MSC Adds Lirica to UAE Lineup". Retrieved 2018-01-22.

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