MSC Meraviglia which is currently under construction at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire has floated out for its final stages of construction.
The new mega ship which is being built for MSC Cruises was today moved from the dry dock to wet dock where even more work can be done. The cruise line and shipyard celebrated the major milestone which is traditional in the industry.
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“Since we opened sales last year for MSC Meraviglia’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean, from the very beginning demand has been extremely encouraging. This make us believe that this is a generation of ships with a bright future ahead, that has already caught the attention of holidaymakers from all markets.”
MSC Meraviglia is the largest ever built for MSC Cruises and is the first of two 167,600 gross ton ships. At the event the cruise line also revealed the name of the second Meraviglia class ship to be MSC Bellissima which Cruise Hive also reported on.
Laurent Castaing, President of STX France, commented:
“We are extremely proud to design and build MSC CRUISES’ next generations of cruiseships. We are aware and thankful for the trust this amazing company has in our innovation ability. It’s been more than 12 years that our industrial partnership has started, and we are always excited by the challenges of fulfilling MSC ambitions.”
MSC Meraviglia will be completed in June 2017 and will bring many new features and experiences for guests to enjoy. Features include the specially designed Carousel Lounge where Cirque du Soleil artists will perform shows created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests, a 96 metre-long Mediterranean-style promenade with an 80 meter LED Sky that runs through the centre of the ship as well as an enhanced MSC Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ exclusive ship-in-ship luxury concept, with its own private facilities spanning three decks.
The new generation ship will spend its inaugural season sailing the Western Mediterranean.