MSC reaches mega-ship milestones

Two new Meraviglia-class vessels – then even bigger ships
MSC Cruises has reached what Travel Daily News calls a series of major milestones in its 10-year fleet expansion strategy.
The company is citing all the tens, as it invests $10 billion to build 10 huge new ships over the coming 10 years. It has just revealed that the second of these will be called MSC Bellissima, a 167,000-tonne ship to be built at the STX shipyard in France and due for delivery in spring 2019.
The naming of the second ship of the new Meraviglia-class vessels coincided with the float-out of the first, MSC Meraviglia, which will enter service next June. Both will be able to carry up to 4,500 passengers, making them the biggest ships in MSC’s fleet.
“MSC Bellissima is a name that embodies the beauty and the magnificence of this entire next generation of MSC Cruises ultramodern mega-ships, so rich with new features and amenities for guests of all ages and interests,” Gianni Onorato, chief executive of MSC Cruises, proclaimed.
“We are so pleased to be able to make this announcement on the very day that her sister ship, MSC Meraviglia, is touched for the first time by water, a moment that symbolises the real ‘birth’ of a ship.”
New onboard amenities of the Meraviglia-class ships include a Carousel Lounge where Cirque du Soleil artists will perform, a 96m promenade with 80m LED “sky” that runs through the centre of the ship, and a Yacht Club luxury area for VIP passengers that spans three decks.
But the Meraviglia-class ships will be trumped in 2019 and 2020 when MSC takes delivery of two 177,000-tonne Meraviglia Plus II-class vessels and, from 2022 to 2026, four 200,000-tonne World-class cruise ships. In addition, three Seaside-class ships will be delivered from 2017 to 2021.
Travel Daily News