MSC Cruises was founded in 1960 in Naples, Italy, by Achille Lauro originally under the name Lauro Lines. The company had two cruise ships in the 1960’s. In 1979, the Angelino Lauro burned to the ground in St. Thomas and in 1985, the Achille Lauro was hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front. In 1989, the company was sold to the Mediterranean Shipping Company and renamed to MSC Cruises in 1995.
MSC Cruises is registered in Switzerland and is the world’s largest privately held cruise company, with more than 16,000 employees. The cruise line is the 4th largest in the world.
In 2017, the company launched “Seaside”, a cruise ship built especially for Americans and is the first MSC ship christened in the US.
In July 2018, the company announced that it was building a second port in Miami for their World-Class cruise lines. Company headquarters in the USA are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.