More details on MSC Cruises’ first “mega-ship”

Bookings for MSC Meraviglia to launch from June this year
MSC Cruises has revealed that the first of its Vista project mega-ships will be called MSC Meraviglia. The vessel will be delivered in May 2017, but bookings will start to be taken from June this year.
At a steel-cutting ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said that MSC Cruises was embarking on a €5.1 billion, seven-ship investment plan that will double the line’s capacity by 2022.
Once launched, MSC Meraviglia will carry up to 4,500 passengers and spend its first summer sailing in the western Mediterranean.
“MSC Meraviglia will be the biggest and most innovative cruise ship ever built by a global European-based cruise line,” Vago proclaimed. “We chose a name that denotes a sense of awe and wonderment, because of the many stunning features planned. Today, building started on a true maritime marvel.”
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises chief executive: “This steel-cutting event is a milestone in the company’s development plan. MSC Meraviglia will be one of the greenest and safest ships in the industry, as well as one of the most technologically advanced.”
Meraviglia is the first of two identical ships on order from STX France, the second of which is scheduled to be delivered in 2019. MSC Cruises also has options for two further Vista project ships to be delivered by 2022.
TTG Digital
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