Find out more about the MSC Belissima in our blog guide below.
The second of MSC’s Meraviglia Class ships, the 4,500 passenger MSC Bellissima is due to launch in March 2019, following sister ship MSC Meraviglia which debuted earlier this year.
Set to include many of MSC Meraviglia’s most popular features, Bellissima will wow guests with an exclusive set of Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, designed specifically for the ship.
The new vessel, which will spend its inaugural summer sailing a series of Western Mediterranean itineraries and homeporting in Marseille, Barcelona and Genoa, will feature state-of-the-art technology – including digital wristbands for payments, bookings and geo-location of their children – as well as a spectacular indoor Galleria Bellissima promenade with an 80 metre LED projection ceiling depicting different scenes and moving images during both day and night.
Along with the ever-popular Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, guests will also be able to enjoy speciality dining experiences, designed by some of the world’s top chefs, a two-deck indoor amusement park and a huge 25-metre pool.
MSC Bellissima will also cater for larger family groups, with cluster cabins designed for up to 10 passengers, alongside the joint-largest family area of any MSC Cruise Ship, with facilities for children of all ages.
Travellers looking for a luxury experience will find it in Bellissima’s MSC Yacht Club, named by the company as a “ship-within-a-ship”. This exclusive area spans three decks and is accessible only by key card. With its own swimming pool, restaurant and solarium, as well as a range of high-end suites, this is Bellissima’s most luxurious retreat.
Designed for efficiency, MSC Cruises Meraviglia Class ships feature scrubber technology to neutralise carbon dioxide emissions, as designed to ensure the ships will also be water emission free.
Accommodation for Every Kind of Traveller
Whether luxury touches, family-fun or spectacular views are your cruise priority, MSC Bellissima has it covered with their wide range of accommodation.
After successfully debuting on MSC Meraviglia, Bellissima will also include a number of single cabins for solo travellers. These interior cabins contain a single bed, which can be transformed in a sofa, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
At the most expensive end of MSC Bellissima’s accommodation, the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites come with large double beds, bathrooms with a tub and a balcony with a private whirlpool bath. Forming part of the exclusive MSC Yacht Club triple-deck area, passengers can pick from 78 Yacht Club Suites and 15 Inside Cabins, each providing privileged access to the MSC Yacht Club’s solarium, swimming pool, lounge and restaurant.
With the highest ratio of sea-view balcony cabins of any cruise ship, Bellissima will also offer MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suites, MSC Yacht Club Interior Suites, two-storey Duplex Suites, Suites with angle balconies, Balcony Cabins, Ocean View Cabins and Interior Cabins.
For large families, space will no longer be an issue thanks to MSC Bellissima’s “cluster cabins”. These cabins allow for up to three cabins to be combined together, accommodating as many as 10 passengers. With a small cabin nestled in between two balcony cabins, keeping the whole family together on a cruise holiday has never been easier.
Experience International Dining Onboard Bellissima
Continuing sister ship MSC Meraviglia’s excellent reputation for at-sea dining, Bellissima will feature many of its most popular eateries, as well as collaborations with some of the biggest-name chefs in the world.
Choice for dining onboard will be plentiful, with 20 bars and 10 restaurants to work through – serving everything from fresh Mediterranean fare to internationally inspired cuisine.
MSC has partnered with renowned French chocolatier Jean-Philippe Maury to create a dream-like chocolate shop in Galleria Bellissima, whilst Italian favourite Eataly is back with a prime spot on the promenade, serving up traditional Italian meals and take-away delicacies.
For speciality dining, guests will have plenty to choose from, including the delicious Kaito Sushi Bar and Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant, whilst American steakhouse the Butcher’s Cut will offer speciality meats from around the globe.
The beautifully designed main dining room will offer both seated and buffet-style food, as well as a well-stocked, glass-encased wine cellar. The Marketplace Buffet will be open 20 hours a day, serving healthy options and dedicated kids meals for all ages.
The Best Show at Sea
Created exclusively for Bellissima, the new ship will feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea – with two spectacular shows taking place twice every night, six nights a week.
The original shows created by Cirque du Soleil – the world leader in live entertainment shows – will take place in the state-of-the-art Carousel Lounge. The custom-built lounge, which can accommodate up to 450 guests, also offers dinning whilst watching the show for 120 people.
Hop Onboard a World of Entertainment
Alongside Cirque du Soleil, guests on Bellissima will also have access to a wide range of daily entertainment and activities.
The huge Galleria Bellissima, with its 80-meter, ever-changing LED ceiling, acts as the social hub of the ship during the day and the home of the nightly performer parades – where guests can gaze in wonder at a world of colour and artistic performance.
For action-lovers, MSC Bellissima’s huge double-deck, indoor amusement park features and afternoon lounge, entertainment space and basketball court, which transforms into a lively nightclub after the sun goes down.
In the TV Studio & Bar, this multi-purpose space is home to a radio broadcast suite and a TV studio broadcasting live games, quizzes and talent contests, as well as doubling as a comedy club, karaoke bar and live music venue. For those looking for an adrenaline kick, two Formula 1 virtual-reality racing cars compete head-to-head in a race of speed and skill.
If you prefer to get involved, rather than spectate, MSC Bellissima will also offer a selection of contests and tournaments, including trivia and quizzes, sports tournaments and pool games.
In similar fashion to MSC Cruises other most popular ships, MSC Bellissima will also offer a range of clubs and entertainment for children of all ages. The Baby Club will keep the youngest shipmates entertained, with activities and games designed in partnership with Chicco for 1- 3 year olds, whilst children aged 3 to 11 can join the colourful world of LEGO® in the Mini and Juniors Clubs. Even the most difficult to please of teens will be kept occupied in Bellissima’s teenagers’ clubs – with one for 12-14 year olds and another for 15-17 year olds, featuring a gaming room, disco and even a teenagers-only cinema.
Activities for Every Family Member
A fun-filled, water-soaked space for the whole family to enjoy, MSC Bellissima will feature the Polar Aquapark – one of the most exciting and intricately designed water parks at sea.
Complete with a “Himalayan Bridge”, three fun and twisting slides and a range of pools, this is the ideal place for all ages to splash around in the sun.
Also offering day-time activities to those who prefer to keep moving, MSC Bellissima’s spacious amusement park provides a large arena where young guests can play sports and games during the day before it transforms into a music and dance hotspot at night.
Continuing MSC Cruises standard ship activities, Bellissima will also offer sports facilities for basketball, volleyball, football, squash, table tennis, ping-pong and more, as well as a full-sized bowling alley.
MSC Cruises programme of enrichment classes, although yet to be confirmed for Bellissima, are likely to include wine tasting workshops, art and dance classes and photography lessons, as well as guest lectures and talks from industry experts.
Facilities for Play and Relaxing
Swimming fans will be impressed with MSC Bellissima’s large, 25-metre main deck pool, which also offers one of the largest poolside spaces at sea for sunbathing and relaxing and, when the sun goes down, the pool will be illuminated with special lighting to create an inviting space for evening entertainment.
Aside from the main pool, Bellissima will also feature a 10-metre pool with an openable dome roof – making it the ideal place for all-weather swimming. Up on Deck 16, Bellissima’s third pool will be set in an amphitheatre-style space with a semi-circle of tiered seats, transforming into a dance space at night.
MSC Bellissima will also feature many of MSC Meraviglia’s most popular facilities, which will likely include a MSC Aurea Spa and MSC Gym by Technogym®. MSC’s luxury Aurea Spas offer an indulgent and authentic Balinese spa experience, designed with relaxing thermal areas, beauty salons and nail boutiques. With head to toe treatments to choose from, you’ll leave the MSC Aurea Spa feeling revitalised and completely relaxed.
Those who don’t like to miss their daily workout on vacation will loved the MSC Gym by Technogym®. Equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym cardio and strength-training equipment, the MSC gym offers a wide range of innovative fitness courses and training programmes, including Yoga, resistance training, aerobics, spinning and more.
Passengers will also have access to a range of shops and services, including a photo gallery and photography services, duty free shopping, souvenir gift shop, chocolate shop and an art gallery.
Standard onboard MSC Cruises facilities, including a casino, video arcade and library will also keep guest entertained throughout their cruise.