MSC Confirms Options For 2 More Meraviglia Ships

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MSC Cruises has confirmed existing options for STX France to build an additional 2 ships in the Meraviglia class. The two new next-generation ships known as  Meraviglia-Plus will feature increased tonnage and overall size, totaling 2,444 staterooms and a double occupancy of 4,888 guests.

The new ships are scheduled to be completed respectively in October 2019 and December 2020, thus delivering the last of the now 4 Meraviglia STX France made-ships nearly 2 years earlier than expected.


Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman commented:  


“Our long-standing cooperation with STX-France and the continued growth of our business allows me today to confirm well-ahead of time the existing options for two additional ships. The two Meraviglia-Plus vessels will be even larger and longer as well as richer in features and amenities, thus confirming MSC Cruises as the industry’s boldest innovator when it comes to ship design and experiences we create for our guests.”


The two new ships will be worth US$1.7 billion, thus bringing MSC Cruises’ investment for the two Meraviglia plus the two Meraviglia-Plus ships to a total of US$3.2 billion. 


The MSC Cruises Meraviglia-Plus class ships will boast 200 additional staterooms compared to the Meraviglia ships, and will carry a maximum of nearly 6,300 guests. MSC says these 1,085 foot-long vessels will be the largest ships able to call at any port.


The interior promenade is now 362 feet-long and the now-310 by 20 feet LED sky screen above it will display visual events and vistas around the clock to animate the entire promenade from above.


With the recently announced partnership between MSC and Cirque du Soleil, the new ships will feature dining and entertainment venues focused on acrobatic style shows.


In addition to the entertainment, MSC Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature an industry-first in the form of a classic and contemporary fine art museum.  MSC says the ships will display masterpieces from around the globe in collaboration with classic and modern art museums as well as public and private institutions. 


Another recently announced partnership, this one with Samsung, will deliver state-of-the-art technology, MSC says. This will be reflected in the display technology, mobile solutions and medical equipment as well as products for enhanced reality experiences.  


At a press conference following the new-ship announcement Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, said: “In 2015, MSC Cruises came out of another year of unprecedented growth that saw a 10% year-on-year sales increase, with 1.7 million guests having journeyed on one of the company’s 12 ultra-modern ships.”

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