The world’s fastest-growing cruise line has ordered another two World Class mega-ships from Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France.
MSC Cruises Orders Two More Cruise Ships
MSC Cruises which is the world’s fastest-growing cruise line is at it again by ordering another two mega-ships. The cruise line has signed a contract with the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique to expand even further with another two World-class ships.
The new vessel will be heavily focused on using next-generation environmentally friendly technologies including being powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The two vessels will be the third and fourth in the class being delivered in 2025 and 2027.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said:
“The three agreements signed today extend our investment plan up to 2030. They stem from an exceptional partnership, with Chantiers, that has already delivered 15 highly-innovative innovative cruise ships over the past two decades and will see many more vessels come to life at Saint-Nazaire’s docks in the next ten years. They also confirm that this industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability, in this case helping the French national industry further position itself as a world leader in the development of next-generation technologies and other solutions.”
So at the moment, there are a total of four World-class ships on order for MSC Cruises. The first one which is scheduled to be delivered in 2022 is already under construction at the Chantiers’ shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. The new class which will be one of the largest in the world will be 205,000 gross tons which are smaller than the current oasis-class from Royal Caribbean. There will be a passenger capacity of 5,264 at double occupancy.
Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said:
“We are really proud and happy to have built such an outstanding relationship with MSC Cruises, based on mutual trust and driven by the spirit of innovation. We are both committed to shaping the cruise of tomorrow and to developing ship concepts which go far beyond the existing environmental standards. Our companies have already been working together for twenty years and these new projects allow us to look enthusiastically to the future.”
The announcement of the new orders was made at a ceremony held this morning at the Matignon Palace, the French Prime Minister’s official residence. There was also news revealed about the cruise line and shipyard developing an innovative prototype ship class concept using wind power and other technologies.
MSc Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have been working together for twenty years and the long-term partnership will continue into the future. it will be exciting to see what the future comes up with in terms of ship design and advances.
The cruise line currently has a total of 12 cruise ships on order or under construction. The next new ship will be the MSC Virtuosa entering service in the fall of 2020.