MSC Bellissima which is the second Meraviglia-class cruise ship has reached a major construction milestone.

The second Meraviglia-class MSC cruise ship has reached a major construction milestone at the STX France shipyard. The cruise line and shipyard celebrated a double event with the MSC Bellissima coin ceremony and the first steel cutting of MSC Grandiosa which you can read about here.

Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France, said:

“Today as we celebrate a cutting of the first steel and then a keel laying in the same day, we are living an unprecedented experience that marks the beginning of a new era, both for our client and for our yard.”

“For MSC Cruises, it is the realization of an extraordinary investment plan, which will elevate the Company to become one of the three largest players in the global cruise industry; for us, it is the illustration of our very healthy order book, which leads us to deliver two ships a year until 2022. We are partners in the same virtuous circle, where boldness and the performance of each is a benefit to the other.”

STX France, MSC Grandiosa Event
Photo By: MSC Cruises

MSC Bellissima will be identical to MSC Meraviglia which joined the fleet earlier in 2017. The future cruise ship is now well underway in the construction process and now all the different blocks will start to come together and make the ship whole.

We’re looking forward to following the ship’s development as it gets closer to completion in March 2019. Once built the new ship will be 167,600 gross tons and be able to carry 4,400 guests at double occupancy.