MSC Cruises has officially announced that is has signed a letter of intent with the shipyard STX France for the construction of a possible four ships, each in excess of 200,000 GT and a double occupancy of 5,400 passengers.
The first of four new next-generation prototype ships, to be known as the ‘World Class’ will be delivered in 2022. This latest announcement means MSC Cruises has 11 new cruise ships on order, which will launch between 2017 and 2026.
The announcement was made at the Élysée Palace in the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, as well as MSC Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Gianluigi Aponte, and STX France’s CEO Laurent Castaing.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, said:
“Our long-standing focus on innovation will make the new prototype quite unlike anything currently existing in the cruise industry. It will be: yet the richest in amenities and features for guests, for both families and their children as well as adults; cutting edge in design all-around; featuring the latest and the best state-of-the-art smart technology at sea; using the most-advanced environmentally-friendly technology available, all the way through the LNG-propelled engines. Moreover, it will be a ship for all seasons and for all regions.”
Laurent Castaing, STX Frances Chief Executive Officer, explained:
“MSC Cruises has been expanding its global footprint and fleet of state-of-the-art ships that combine cutting-edge technology, comfort and unrivalled entertainment with the lowest impact on the environment. In order to achieve this next stage of growth, MSC Cruises have selected STX France for our unparalleled engineering and production capacities as part of a long-term partnership.”
So far under the letter of intent MSC Cruises has confirmed two of the mega-ships, with the option for an additional two. The four ships will be delivered in 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026.
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