MSC Cruises is on track to host a whopping 1.1 million passengers onboard its ships across Europe this year.

The 2015-2016 Cruise Industry News Annual Report – considered to be one of the most reputable sources of information for the industry – stated the Swiss-based cruise line would reach an estimated capacity of 1.1 million passengers by year’s end.

“We are particularly proud of this achievement,” said MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato. “For it, we wish to thank all our guests whom with their choice recognised the quality of our product and offering thus making MSC Cruises the number-one cruise line now also in Europe.”

In addition to Europe, MSC Cruises also offers cruises to the Caribbean, South America, South Africa and, soon, Cuba.

“Going forward, we will continue to build on this position of strength to ensure we remain the cruise line of choice for more than 150 nationalities every year in Europe, in the Mediterranean, and in other markets where our distinct cruise experiences set us apart,” said Mr Onorato.

The second-largest brand is Costa Crociere with an estimated passenger capacity of 912,500, trailed by AIDA with 612,000.