Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri signed with an international customer a contract for the building of a new ultra-luxury cruise ship, scheduled for delivery in 2025-Q4.
The order, which includes the option for 2 additional units, amounts to ~EUR 1,2 billion.
The contract is to be subject to access to financing, as per cruise industry practice.
The company has not been named.
Earlier in July 2022, MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Co (the world's largest container carrier) expanded its series of MSC Explora Journeys ships at Fincantieri to 6x units in a deal that also includes hydrogen-powered vessels. MSC said it had signed a contract for ships V and VI. They will use LNG as the main fuel, but will also be powered by green hydrogen in order to bring in-port emissions down to zero.
Update: In 2023 was revealed that the order with Fincantiery was placed by the joint venture company Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings Ltd which owns and operates the new cruise brand Four Seasons Yachts.