MSC Cruises - Final Grade: "F"
MSC Cruises was founded in 1970 by an Italian shipping company. Headquartered in Switzerland, MSC Cruises is a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company, and it is the fourth largest cruise operator in the world, after Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Lines. MSC Cruises currently operates 12 cruise ships, and around 70 percent of those carry 4,000 or more passengers and crew.
Of the 12 MSC cruise ships, four have installed an advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of D for the company’s 33 percent sewage treatment score. In determining the air pollution reduction grade for each cruise line, only ships that dock at a port that currently has shoreside power facilities (thereby avoiding burning dirty fuel in port) were considered. In total, none of MSC’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. No MSC cruise ships traveled to Alaska between 2010 and 2013.
MSC Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|MSC Armonia||2787||Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Divina||5284||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|MSC Fantasia||5284||Europe, Mediterranean||A||F||N/A||C-|
|MSC Lirica||2769||Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Magnifica||4000||Arctic, Europe, Mediterranean, South America||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Musica||4000||Arctic, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Opera||2755||Africa, Arctic, Europe, Mediterranean||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Orchestra||4000||Europe, Mediterranean, South America||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Poesia||4000||Arctic, Europe, Mediterranean, South America||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Preziosa||5329||Europe, Mediterranean, South America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|MSC Sinfonia||2787||Africa, Europe, Mediterranean||F||F||N/A||F|
|MSC Splendida||5284||Europe, Mediterranean||A||F||N/A||C-|
Grading methodology for the 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card
Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 16 major cruise lines and 167 cruise ships -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int’l, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises -- according to four environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, Water Quality Compliance and Transparency.
- To determine a cruise line’s Sewage Treatment grade, we compared the number of cruise ships in the cruise line that have installed advanced sewage treatment systems against the total number of ships in the cruise line.
- To determine the Air Pollution Reduction grade for each ship in a cruise line, only ships that dock at a port and plug in to available shoreside power hookups were graded. In addition, ships were given credit if they only utilize low sulfur fuels continuously at levels lower than required by international and U.S. law.
- To determine the Water Quality Compliance grade for ships operating in Alaska, we used 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 notices of violation issued for individual cruise ships to each cruise line by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ships were given an "N/A" if they traveled to Alaska but avoided Alaska’s strong water quality standards by discharging outside of those protected waters.
- To determine the Transparency grade for each cruise line we graded each line based on whether it responded to our 2014 requests for information regarding their environmental practices.
- The grades for each of the four criteria were averaged to calculate the Final Grade for each cruise line.