History

First record of the Aponte family’s involvement in maritime transport to and from Naples.

1675

First record of the Aponte family’s involvement in maritime transport to and from Naples.

The Aponte family records date back to the 17th century and testify to its long and unbroken activity in an area with ancient seafaring traditions - the Sorrento Peninsula. The first mention of them is from 1675 and concerns the felucca Giovannina, which for many years plied the routes between Naples and Castellamare on the one hand, and Calabria and Sicily on the other.

Gianluigi Aponte founds the Mediterranean Shipping Company with the purchase of single ship. MSC has since grown to become a world leader in global container shipping operating over 465 vessels.

1970

Gianluigi Aponte founds the Mediterranean Shipping Company with the purchase of single ship. MSC has since grown to become a world leader in global container shipping operating over 465 vessels.

MSC was founded by Gianluigi Aponte, a young Italian seaman and former bank teller who had the courage and foresight to purchase his first ship, Patricia, in 1970. He acquired an even bigger vessel in 1971, which he named after his wife, Rafaela, followed by the carrier, Ilse, in 1973. These three cargo ships represented the pioneering beginnings of MSC, which has since grown to become a world leader in global container shipping operating over 465 vessels.

MSC announces its entry into the cruise business, purchasing the iconic liner Monterey.

1988

MSC announces its entry into the cruise business, purchasing the iconic liner Monterey.

Following the purchase of the Monterey, MSC took over the Lauro cruise line structures in honour of Gianluigi Aponte’s mentor, the Italian shipping magnate Achille Lauro. When two more ships, Rhapsody and Melody, were added to the fleet, MSC Cruises was formally established as a subsidiary of the larger MSC Group.

Start of a €5.5 billion investment programme to build the world’s most modern cruise fleet.

2003

Start of a €5.5 billion investment programme to build the world’s most modern cruise fleet.

MSC Cruises boasts one of the most modern and dynamic fleets in the world, thanks to a massive €5.5 billion investment programme started in 2003. In just over a decade the company has built 4 beautiful ‘Lirica' class liners, followed by 4 majestic ‘Musica' class vessels and the 4 stunning flagships of the ‘Fantasia’ class. All of them feature MSC Cruises’ trademark blend of traditional elegance and innovative design.

MSC Cruises is the first cruise company in the world to be awarded the coveted ‘6 Golden Pearls’ for its outstanding standards in environmental protection, health and safety.

2008

MSC Cruises is the first cruise company in the world to be awarded the coveted ‘6 Golden Pearls’ for its outstanding standards in environmental protection, health and safety.

This unprecedented award was given by the international classification agency Bureau Veritas in recognition of the company’s compliance with the three highest international standards in the areas of environmental protection, health & safety and food safety. The company remains committed to safeguarding the marine environment and ensuring outstanding quality for its guests.

MSC Cruises launched an ambitious €5.1 billion investment plan that comprises the order of up to seven new ships and the Renaissance Programme to enlarge four existing ships of the MSC Cruises fleet.

2014

MSC Cruises launched an ambitious €5.1 billion investment plan that comprises the order of up to seven new ships and the Renaissance Programme to enlarge four existing ships of the MSC Cruises fleet.

MSC launched a new €5bn investment plan to build four revolutionary new ships, plus options for three more, with STX France and Fincantieri, in Italy. In addition, the Lirica class ships are being enlarged and renewed by Fincantieri under the €200m ”Renaissance Programme”, which will be completed by late 2015. These ships have a GT of 60,000 tonnes and carry nearly 2,000 travellers, except for MSC Armonia, which has already undergone the Renaissance work. MSC Armonia now has a GT of 65,600 tonnes and can carry more than 2,500 travellers.