Milestones Reached In MSC Cruises Ambitious Expansion Plan
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Fast-growing MSC Cruises held back-to-back ceremonies yesterday at STX France to celebrate the progression of two mega ships.
The coin ceremony was held for MSC Bellissima, the second ship in the Meraviglia generation, on the same day the first steel was cut for the first Meraviglia-Plus ship.
As well, MSC Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago revealed the new name for the Meraviglia Plus ship -- MSC Grandiosa -- a fitting moniker for the grand size and scale of this massive vessel.
The twin ceremonies are testament to MSC’s rapid expansion. The line currently has four ships simultaneously under construction (MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview, MSC Bellissima, and MSC Grandiosa), with MSC Seaside to be delivered in just two weeks to Miami.
Under the line’s massive investment plan, six out of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, more than doubling the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.
The construction of the Meraviglia-Plus ships will enrich and expand upon the current Meraviglia prototype, MSC says, with the goal of offering guests a richer cruise experience.
The behemoth Meraviglia-Plus ships will be 181,000 GRTs, 1,086 ft. in length and have a capacity of 6,334 guests.