The largest cruise ship to ever port in Boston arrives later this month. Take a look inside.

The ship's name means 'wonder' in Italian.

MSC Meraviglia
The MSC Meraviglia will arrive in Boston on Oct. 26. –Bernard Biger STX France

A cruise ship whose name means “wonder” in Italian will be the largest ever to port in Boston when it arrives Oct. 26.

The MSC Meraviglia, owned by Swiss-based MSC Cruises, first took to the water in 2017 and, during this inaugural North American trip, is the largest ship to port in Manhattan, Boston, Portland, Maine, and Bar Harbor, Maine. After the ship’s stint in Boston, it will return to the Big Apple, departing Oct. 28 for its first Caribbean voyage.

The 19-deck ship is more than 1,000 feet long, weighs more than 171,000 gross tons, and can fit 4,488 passengers. The ship’s offerings include 12 restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, four pools, a mini-mall, an aqua park, a casino, a theater, and a two-deck promenade with what’s billed as “the longest LED dome at sea.”


“We are so thrilled to welcome MSC Meraviglia, a truly beautiful ship, to the U.S. as she marks another major milestone for MSC Cruises in the North American market,” said Ken Muskat, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MSC Cruises in the U.S., in a press release.

Galleria Meraviglia, the ship’s Mediterranean-style indoor promenade, boasts a 5,200-square-foot LED screen with an atmospheric digital sky. Underneath, guests can stroll between restaurants, boutiques, bars, and stores.

The ship’s central promenade. —MSC Cruises

The ship’s atrium features a Swarovski crystal staircase.

The atrium aboard the ship. —MSC Cruises

The ship has 2,244 cabins and suites, most of which have balconies. The various types of rooms include connecting cabins for families and two-level suites.

Inside a balcony stateroom. —MSC Cruises

The duplex suite is a two-deck stateroom with a living room on the first floor and a master bedroom on the second.

A duplex suite. —MSC Cruises

Some suites have a private balcony and whirlpool bath.

A private balcony with a whirlpool bath. —MSC Cruises

Among the culinary offerings are HOLA! Tapas Bar with dishes from Michelin-starred Spanish chef Ramón Freixa, an American steakhouse called Butcher’s Cut, and the Jean-Philippe Chocolat & Café with treats by world-renowned pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury.

A dining area. —MSC Cruises

There’s also Kaito Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar.

The sushi restaurant. —MSC Cruises

When hunger strikes, the ship’s Marketplace Buffet is open 20 hours a day. It offers ethnic cuisine, healthy options, and more.

The Marketplace Buffet. —MSC Cruises

Guests looking to relax further can book services such as massages, body treatments, and facials in the ship’s spa. There is also a gym, a hair salon, and a barber shop on board.

The ship’s spa. —MSC Cruises

Those looking for exclusivity and privacy can book a stay within the MSC Yacht Club, the cruise line’s all-inclusive “ship-within-a-ship” concept. These guests enjoy private amenities, such as this yacht club pool, as well as 24-hour butler service. 

A yacht club pool area. —MSC Cruises

A yacht club restaurant offers spectacular views.

The yacht club restaurant. —MSC Cruises

Guests can gamble in the ship’s casino, which seats 600 people.

The casino. —MSC Cruises

Inside the ship’s Broadway Theatre, which seats nearly 1,000 people, guests can watch live shows each night.

The ship’s theater. —MSC Cruises

Two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, created exclusively for MSC Meraviglia, are performed in the ship’s Carousel Lounge, which becomes a disco later in the evening after the show.

A Cirque du Soleil at Sea show. —MSC Meraviglia

The ship has five kids’ clubs for children ages 3 to 17. Programs for kids include an aqua park with three water slides, a Himalayan Bridge ropes activity, a 4D theater, two full-size bowling lanes, a teen room, and Lego rooms.

The 4D cinema. —MSC Cruises

Teens can hang out in a bright, technology-filled room made just for them.

The teen club. —MSC Meraviglia

The ship’s littlest guests can spend time in a Lego room.

A Lego room for kids. —MSC Meraviglia

There are three water slides in the ship’s aqua park.

The water slides in the ship’s aqua park. —MSC Cruises

Guests can also take to the sky on the Himalayan Bridge ropes activity.

The ropes activity aboard the MSC Meraviglia. —MSC Cruises