In 2008, MSC had the unprecedented idea of creating real Swarovski crystal staircases for MSC Fantasia. So began an extraordinary partnership with this world leader in cut-crystal creations, a family-owned company – like ourselves – with an exceptional reputation for innovation and creativity.
An Unforgettably Glamorous Experience
Salient among the striking innovations of MSC’s constant quest for elegance are the sweeping Swarovski crystal staircases that have become a hallmark of life aboard our ships, gracing the main atrium and MSC Yacht Club areas. Glamorously elegant and refined, they’re like walking on light among the stars.
Swarovski brings you a dazzling range of opportunities to celebrate your creativity on board, from enhancements to our Ceremony Packages, personalized cabins, embellished photoshoots and dedicated workshops for adults and children, plus pop-up stores and exhibitions. So every guest can sparkle, expressing their creativity in crystal light.
MSC Cruises guests enjoy special benefits from our close partnership with Swarovski. Our boutique shops feature dedicated Swarovski display areas, each offering a sumptuous selection of sparkling creations, including special collector’s item gifts, all at irresistibly low duty-free prices.
For every new ship class that we develop, we completely revise the design to achieve optimal efficiency. We rethink the ship’s overall structure, deck space, weight distribution including the ship’s hull, rudder and bulbous bow to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.
Reducing air pollution We have installed hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on 14 of our cruise ships which reduce SOx emissions by 98%, and Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems on 3 ships, which reduces NOx by up to 90%.
Underwater radiated noise
Hull and propellers are designed, built and installed to minimise noise or vibration that might impact aquatic mammals.
Wastewater treatment systems
Our fleet is in full compliance with wastewater discharge rules and, in 11 of our ships, advanced systems deliver treated water near to tap water standard.
Our new ships are capable of providing all onboard freshwater needs from seawater.
Waste is compacted, separated or incinerated, and residual waste is carefully delivered to dedicated port reception facilities for recycling or disposal.
New fuel types
In 2022, we will launch our first LNG-powered ship. LNG largely eliminates sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions and particulate matter in the exhaust, reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85%, and CO2 by up to 25%.
On new ships’ lighting is provided by energy-efficient LED and our heating, ventilation and air conditioning system self-adjusts to the weather and the number of passengers onboard.
Shore power capability
7 of our ships are now able to connect to shore power, potentially enabling the onboard engines to be switched off whilst in berth
Digitalisation is allowing us to anticipate and address inefficiencies in systems and equipment, and provide the crew with specific guidance for performance improvements.
Heat recovery systems allow the intelligent redistribution of heat and cold where needed throughout the ship.
A software application monitors the ship’s stability to support the deck officers in optimising the vessel’s trim – and therefore reducing fuel consumption.
Our ship hulls are coated with hi-tech paints that slow the growth of marine organisms, thereby reducing drag and improving energy efficiency.
Ballast water treatment system
All ballast water is filtered and UV treated before being discharged at sea to ensure that it does not contain harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens.