MSC orders four new LNG megaships

First 5,400-pax vessel to be delivered in 2022
MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intent for up to four new LNG-powered ships of more than 200,000 tons, able to carry 5,400 passengers at double occupancy.
The vessels, the first of which will be delivered in 2022, will be based on a “new advanced next-generation prototype” and form what will be known as the World Class of MSC ships. They will be built by STX France.
The announcement was made dramatically at the Élysée Palace in Paris in the presence of French President François Hollande.
“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 11 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.”
He added that the new prototype would feature “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.”
It will have “the best state-of-the-art smart technology at sea” and be “a ship for all seasons and for all regions.”
Cruise Critic