, a stylish Mediterranean-style line with itineraries primarily in Europe
and the Caribbean
, has just announced huge plans to expand. On Friday in Paris
, the line signed a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of up to four LNG-powered (dual-fuel) ships. These four probable additions, in conjunction with other current orders for Meraviglia
and Seaside-Class ships from STX and Fincantieri, bring the grand total of new ships on the horizon for MSC to eleven.
With a possible eleven new builds happening for the line between now and 2026, the line is obviously confident enough to invest very large amounts of money in the future of cruising.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman at MSC Cruises, said of their ambitious development: "Today's announcement is further proof that this industry presents significant opportunities for additional growth going forward for both our brand and product, as well as of our firm commitment to be best-positioned to capture them to the fullest. For this reason, our ten-plus year investment plan now encompasses up to eleven new MSC Cruises ships, coming into service between 2017 and 2026."
Innovation in shipbuilding
MSC's new plans with STX are based on an advanced next-generation prototype, and the four ships will be part of a new "World Class" of vessels.
Mr Vago explained, "Our long-standing focus on innovation will make the new prototype quite unlike anything currently existing in the cruise industry. It will be: the richest in amenities and features for all guests, including families; cutting edge in design; feature the latest and best state-of-the-art smart technology at sea as well as use the most advanced environmentally-friendly technology available. Moreover, it will be a ship for all seasons and for all regions."
The futuristic ships will provide amazing holidays for MSC cruise passengers. Although details are thin on the ground as yet, they will be in excess of 200,000 tonnes and hold well over 5,000 cruisers.
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