MSC Cruises Orders 200,000+ Gross Ton Ships
April 6, 2016 – Today MSC Cruises ordered 4 new cruise ships from STX France under the project name “World”. The ships will exceed 200,000 gross tons and set to be delivered in 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026. The ships will have 2700 cabins approx 335 meters in length and 47 meters wide. Not only will the prototypes be the largest ever built for MSC but they will also be the first ships for MSC to have Diesel and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) engines.
“Today’s announcement is further proof, if needed, of our view that this industry presents significant opportunities for additional growth going forward for both our brand and product, as well as of our firm commitment to be best-positioned to capture them to the fullest,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman. “For this reason, our ten-plus year investment plan now encompasses up to eleven new MSC Cruises ships, coming into service between 2017 and 2026. It is also a reflection of our constant commitment to innovation, as we will partner with STX France to design yet again a completely new prototype – already the sixth in our history. In fact, in yet another industry-first, the new MSC Cruises’ World Class prototype will feature – amongst other highly innovative elements – a record-breaking, futuristically-conceived design that will make the ship a truly unique place to be at sea, whilst maximizing the open air space available to guests.”
Currently the order includes to firm orders and 2 orders options for the ships. This order makes 11 ships to be delivered to MSC Cruises between 2017 and 2026.
Rumors have been circulating for days that MSC Cruises was set to order an additional 4 Meraviglia Plus class ships to be built at STX France. Cruise Maniacs will provide more information about the new class of ships as it becomes available.