The news comes only a couple of weeks after MSC announced the largest deployment from North American homeports, underscoring the line’s commitment to the region.
The first steel for the vessel’s hull was cut, marking the start of the physical construction. The occasion took place at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard (fka STX France).
World America is sistership to World Europa - the 2022-built flagship, already delivered from the French shipbuilder to MSC and is set for deployment in the Mediterranean after the inaugural winter season in the Red Sea/Arabian Gulf (2022-23).
MSC World Europa (currently en route from Europe to Qatar/satellite AIS tracking) is scheduled to start the maiden voyage on December 20th, out of Doha Qatar to Dubai/homeport.
MSC World America is due to enter service in 2025 as MSC's second WORLD-class boat, with 2 more currently on order.
World America will be MSC's North American fleet's flagship. While the itineraries have not yet been revealed, the liner will visit popular Caribbean ports, including Mexican, as well as Canada-New England and Bermuda.
World America will be similar in design to World Europa but will also be specifically tailored to satisfy the needs of North American tourists. The WORLD-class features 22 decks, 2600+ staterooms, 420,000 ft2 of public space.
The newbuild will use the same sustainable technologies that MSC is incorporating in all of its new vessels, assuring environmentally responsible operation in keeping with the line’s long-term aim of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
The ship will be LNG-powered/by liquefied natural gas and with a powerplant based on more efficient fuel cells as well as advanced air conditioning, energy monitoring (for better efficiency), and LED lighting throughout.