MSC Cruises, a rapidly growing cruise line with an already extensive order log, has announced the signing of a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of four prototype ships, with the first to be delivered in 2022.
The four new ships, to be known as World Class ships, will exceed 200,000 GRT, accommodate approximately 5,400 guests, and be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new ship design is said to be a cutting edge, futuristic design focused on maximizing the open air space available to guests.
“Our long-standing focus on innovation will make the new prototype quite unlike anything currently existing in the cruise industry,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman.“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.”
The four new ships, which will be constructed by STX France, are expected to be launched in 2022, 2024, 2025, and 2026, respectively. This new order now brings MSC Cruises complete order log to eleven new cruise ships over the next twelve years, making them the only cruise with such an extensive future fleet plan.