MSC Orders 4 Next-Generation Ships

By ,   April 7, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Yesterday, April 6, at the Elysee Palace at a ceremony attended by France's president Francois Hollande, MSC Cruises announced the company had signed a letter of intent for 4 new ships.

The deal is for new ‘next-generation’ LNG-powered vessels, and has been signed with STX France (St Nazaire).

The first ship of the new World Class will be delivered in 2022, followed by newbuilds in 2024, 2025 and 2026. They all will have 2,700 cabins, able to accommodate 5,400 passengers.

The announcement took the number of MSC vessels on order to 11. The new orders reflect an additional investment by the line of almost €4 billion. The total investment for the eleven newbuilds is EUR 9 billion.