Miami is home to yet another of the world’s largest cruise ships.
MSC Cruises brought the MSC Meraviglia to PortMiami to begin its first season of sailing from Florida. The 171,598-gross-ton, 4,500-passenger vessel is tied with a sister ship as the 7th largest ship in the world.
Already, PortMiami has played host to some of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class of ships, which hold the top four spots.
Meraviglia, though, is the largest ship MSC has sailed from Florida, and its Nov. 10 arrival means the line now has four ships sailing out of Miami, joining MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia.
Meraviglia, which means “wonder” in Italian, debuted in 2017, and has among unique offerings a 450-person venue for original Cirque du Soleil shows. Other highlights include 12 dining venues.
The ship also has what the line touts as the longest LED Dome at sea on its two-story Mediterranean-style promenade, plus a water park with four slides, suspension bridge, interactive cinema, bowling and a kids club themed to Legos.
Meraviglia will sail from Miami through April 5 on two seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries with stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Belize, Honduras and the Bahamas.
The line plans to send the ship back to Europe next summer, and in October return to New York and then Miami in November 2020.