Company’s biggest ships will increase capacity by 31%
MSC Cruises has announced plans for two new ships – the company’s biggest – which will increase the company’s capacity by 31% when they join the fleet. A letter of intent for the two 5,700-pax ships was signed with the French shipbuilder STX.
The vessels are due for delivery in 2017 and 2019 and there is also an option for two more ships. MSC, which currently has a cruise fleet of 12 vessels, announced the deal at a signing ceremony in Paris.
The new class of ships will be 167,600 tonnes with 2,250 cabins for guests. Currently MSC’s biggest ships are its four Fantasia-class vessels, which have capacity for 3,500 passengers. The last of these, Preziova, was launched in 2013.
Plans include cabins specially designed for families and an expanded MSC Yacht Club – a self-contained private club including suites, solarium, lounge and restaurant. Facilities will also include a bigger theatre, an amusement park and an outdoor water park.
MSC said that “the new prototype will be the biggest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the most versatile and flexible of the world.”
[pictured: MSC’s Fantasia-class design]