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MSC Virtuosa Review

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MSC Virtuosa, the second ship in MSC Cruises' Meraviglia Plus Class, was slated to launch in September 2020, but will now launch in April 2021.

In terms of stats, MSC Virtuosa will come in at 177,100 gross registered tons, carry 6,297 passengers (at full occupancy) and span a length of 331 meters (1,086 feet).

The ship will have five specialty restaurants, five main dining rooms, a 1,336-seat buffet and 21 bars and lounges.

The line has released extensive details about dining and drinking onboard the ship, including two new to the line venues: Hola! Tacos & Cantina, which will offer a selection of Latin American and Mexican-inspired dishes and drinks; and Indochine, which will offer Vietnamese classics with a French twist.

Three popular MSC Cruises specialty restaurants will return: Butcher's Cut, the traditional American-style steakhouse; Kaito Teppanyaki restaurant, which offers the modern East-West cooking style of Japanese cuisine on two teppanyaki grills; and Kaito Sushi Bar.

The ship will also include the 1,336-seat Marketplace Buffet, open from day to night serving a wide variety of international dishes, with open-fronted kitchens, a fresh mozzarella factory, freshly baked bread, and a fresh pasta and fruit and vegetable market. And five main dining restaurants.

The ship will have 21 bars and lounges including new concept the immersive, futuristic MSC Starship Club featuring Rob, the first-ever humanoid, robotic bartender at sea. This immersive bar and entertainment experience includes 3D holograms, a digital art wall and a 12-seater infinity digital interactive table. Rob will mix, and serve his signature cocktails while engaging passengers with his voice and human-like expressions.

Other bars include The Champagne Bar, the Sky Lounge and Masters of the Sea, a British pub concept.

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Award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier, Chef Jean-Philippe Maury returns with Jean-Philippe Maury Café & Chocolat, which has an open chocolaterie with fresh chocolate made on board; and Crêpes & Gelato counter.

In addition to the bells and whistles afforded to the Meraviglia Plus Class by the Meraviglia Class, the Plus ships will also feature Cirque du Soleil performances, an indoor promenade with a digital sky ceiling, an indoor amusement park, an outdoor water park and the first contemporary fine art museum at sea.

Further, passengers will be able to access their cabins, book reservations and make purchases throughout the ship using wristband technology.

The ship will also be eco-friendly, employing the latest scrubber technology in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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