MSC Cruises orders four new LNG-powered mega ships

They will become MSC Cruises’ World Class

As MSC Cruises took delivery of their latest ship, the MSC Meraviglia, the company announced the signing of a new order for STX France shipyards.

This new order consists of two 200,000 GRT, LNG-powered mega cruise ships, with options for two additional vessels.

Speaking at the MSC Meraviglia Flag Ceremony, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “Today, as we unveil MSC Meraviglia, a new vessel that marks the start of the next phase of our growth, we are delighted to confirm another key component of our ten-year investment plan: the World Class. These new vessels will further expand our partnership with STX France all the way to 2026, with up to seven additional innovative ships to be built during this period.”

The new vessels will use Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel, instead of diesel. The delivery of the first two ships is expected in 2022 and 2024. The World Class ships will have 2,670 staterooms and a maximum capacity of 6,850 guests, the highest number for a passenger ship. The vessels will have a length of 330m, and a beam of 47m.