On a day of huge milestones, MSC Cruises today outdid themselves by announcing the order of their fifth Meravigilia-class ship.
Due for delivery in 2023, the newly announced ship will have room for 6,335 passengers in total and be the first in the Meraviglia series to feature Liquefied Natural Gas propulsion, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
The announcement was made at a unique ceremony held at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy and Finance. STX France and MSC Cruises celebrated three major shipbuilding milestones: the Steel Cutting Ceremony of the 4th Meraviglia class vessel where MSC Cruises announced that the ship will be named MSC Virtuosa; the Coin Ceremony of MSC Grandiosa; and the Float-out of MSC Bellissima. For the first time in Saint-Nazaire’s history, three cruise ships belonging to a single cruise brand are under simultaneous construction at the shipyard.
13 newbuilds over 10 years
Today’s announcement from MSC Cruises takes their number of newbuild ships to 13, worth an incredible 11.4 billion Euros.
Recent and forthcoming ships feature 2017’s MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside, the just-inaugurated MSC Seaview, 2019’s MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa, 2020’s MSC Virtuosa, 2021’s Seaside Evo, 2022’s World Class, 2023’s Seaside Evo 2 and the newly ordered Meraviglia 5, 2024’s World Class 2 plus options for a pair of further World Class vessels.
MSC Bellissima is the next ship to be christened, in Southampton March 2019, with MSC Grandiosa’s ceremony set for later the same year.