MSC Set to Enter Ultra Luxury Cruise Market with 4 New Ships

MSC Cruises is apparently on the verge of completing an order for 4 Ultra Luxury cruise ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

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There are whispers that MSC Cruises is planning on entering the Luxury Cruise market with the order of 4 new luxury cruise ships from Fincantieri. This isn’t confirmed or anything by the cruise line yet but the details being reported are pretty specific.

About Ultra Luxury MSC Cruise Ships

According to the Medi Telegraph MSC Cruises is on the verge of completing an order with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The order consists of 4 cruise ships for the luxury market so they will be smaller than previous orders by the cruise line. The small new class ships would be able to carry 700 guests and have over 200 crew members. No details of the tonnage were known but they would be around 200 meters in length.

The site went on to mention that those in the shipbuilding industry say that the order is imminent and there are only a few more issues to be resolved before the agreement is made. This moves away from MSC’s trend of ordering huge mega ships carrying thousands of passengers and opens up the cruise line to a new stream of cruising taking on cruise lines like Viking Ocean Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and Seabourn Cruises. Those cruise lines already have vessels in the market with Viking being the newest.

The MSC Ultra-luxury cruise ships could be built at one of the VARD shipyards, owned by Fincantieri. One of the shipyards in Norway or even Romania could be used to build the future MSC ships.

Take a look at MSC Cruise Deals here.

MSC Cruise Ship Orders

All we’re posting about these days are new ship orders from MSC! The cruise line is growing fast and already has 10 cruise ships on order and just last year welcomed MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside to the fleet. In 2018 the cruise line will have the MSC Seaview delivered, the sister ship to MSC Seaside at 154,000 gross tons and carrying over 5,000 passengers.

The cruise line also has MSC Bellisima and MSC Grandiosa coming in 2019, a second Meravilgia Plus ship in 2020, the first Seaside Evo class in 2021, the first LNG World class in 2022 and a second Seaside EVO class in 2023. There will also another 3 LNG World Class ships coming in 2024, 2025 and 2026. These ships will be 200,000 gross tons and among the largest in the world, the complete opposite of the Ultra-Luxury vessels we’re posting about!

We have a list of all major cruise ship orders including MSC Cruises.

More to Come on the Newly Ordered MSC Ships

Lookout for an official announcement in the coming weeks or even months about the newly ordered Ultra Luxury MSC cruise ships. We still need to see the shiny new renderings, along with itinerary details, ship names and construction information. Throughout 2018 we’ll also be keeping Cruise Hive readers updated on the next few MSC vessel arriving this year and in 2018.

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