Masterfully Equipped - Cruise ship MSC Virtuosa
In times of social change, the cruise industry is facing major challenges - and it goes without saying that the changing circumstances are also having an impact on the design, technology and equipment of the ships. Against this background, the MSC Virtuosa, which will enter service in 2021, presents itself as a modern showpiece for the future of cruising.
Successful model further developed
The MSC Virtuosa is now the fourth ship in the Meraviglia class. It stands for a new understanding of cruising and, as one of the most environmentally friendly ships at sea, sets new standards for emissions reduction and energy efficiency. The development of the interior design concept is taking place at a similarly high level: Studio De Jorio from Italy, Tillberg Design from Sweden and YSA Norway, three proven and award-winning specialists, were involved in the design of the ship commissioned in 2016. In close coordination with the MSC shipping company's owning family, they have turned the MSC Virtuosa into a floating one-of-a-kind with record-breaking equipment features. Among other things, the ship has a Galleria with 1,168 square meters of retail space. This ship-internal promenade with its total of 11 boutiques, specialty and a la carte restaurants presents itself as a unique meeting place - and presents itself to strolling guests under the longest LED sky at sea.
Consistently realised aspirations
The timelessly modern design language of the MSC Virtuosa is continued throughout the ship's interior - and naturally also finds its counterpart in the interior fittings of the 2,440 passenger cabins. Here, Pfleiderer engineered wood with its high design standards shows how fixed furnishings, headboards and doors can be designed functionally and comprehensively from a single source. In addition to high-pressure laminates, melamine faced decorative panels and bonded elements are also used. The ship's hygiene concept benefits from the standard antimicrobial finish of Duropal HPL, especially on the hard-wearing HPL surfaces in both the passenger and crew cabins.
At a glance
|Shipping company:||MSC Cruises S.A., Geneva, Switzerland|
|Design/Concept:||De Jorio Design, Genoa, Italy|
Tillberg Design, Höganäs, Sweden
YSA Design, Oslo, Norway
|Areas of application:||Cabins, Public areas|
|Project consultant:||Guido Alrich|
Function and design perfectly combined
Pfleiderer Wood-Based Panels also show what they are made of in public areas such as stairwells, elevator lobbies and galleries. A particular advantage here: The design concepts of interior finishing can be realized throughout with IMO-approved material solutions wherever required.
Simply escape from everyday life
The MSC Virtuosa with its diverse shopping, entertainment, wellness and gastronomy offers can be experienced in the winter months on its tours around the Arabian Peninsula; during the summer, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe are also part of the route planning.