MSC Meraviglia which will be the biggest new cruise of the year is just 100 days away from its launch. MSC Cruises has started the countdown to one of the main highlights in the industry for 2017.
The new next generation class ship for MSC will be christened in Le Havre, France on June 3, 2017. Before then, the vessel will be gearing up in preparation for its first Meditteranean voyage. Crew members will begin setting up their departments and the final touches are now being made to the interior spaces.
The 167,600 gross ton vessel is currently in the final fitting out stages at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. Once completed the ship will be able to carry a maximum of 5,714 guests and 1,540 crew members. 75% of the staterooms will have a balcony and the ship will feature connecting family rooms which can hold up to 10 guests.
Highlights of the MSC Meraviglia includes 12 distinct dining venues, 12 Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances each week, 5th MSC ship to have the Swarovski staircase and a Mediterranean-style promenade featuring the longest LED Sky Screen at sea. The ship’s maiden voyage will depart Le Harve on June 4 on a week-long Western Caribbean cruise. The sailing will end in Barcelona, Spain on June 9, 2017.
The cruise line has also released some handy construction facts which we always enjoy posting. Around 35,000 tons of steel makes up the ship, over 1,800 people worked on the ship’s hull alone, the interior of the ship takes over 1 year to complete, there are over 300,000 parts to the ship’s hull, the ship is assembled by joining together 50 mega-blocks and construction takes 26 months.