The MSC Opera (photo: Rui Minas Agostinho)
MSC Cruises is holding onto its number one spot in Europe, according to the 2017-2018 Cruise Industry New Annual Report

MSC and Costa Crociere are virtually tied when it comes to available capacity in the Mediterranean, but MSC pulls ahead with more beds in Northern Europe as it has a significant chunk of the Northern European passenger capacity at 8.8 percent.

MSC also has a small footprint in the Canary Islands on a seasonal basis.

Overall, MSC is the sixth largest cruise brand in the world in 2017, but an ambitious growth plan, with 12 ships on order, will see MSC move up the charts in the coming years.

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