MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, is expanding it’s capacity by 31% over the next two years, by adding two new new ships to their current fleet of twelve.
This means that MSC Cruises will reach a staggering capacity of 80,000 passengers per day in 2017. It doesn’t stop there, they plan to build a further nine ships over the next ten years which means that MSC Cruises will have 23 cruise ships at sea by 2026. Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises said that “the new ships will be the biggest cruise ships ever built by a European ship owner: not only will they be able to dock in any port around the world but they will have extraordinary features that will make them the perfect choice at sea”.
Costing circa €700 million each these new ships will continue to offer MSC’s outstanding dining options and entertainment, but will also offer a bigger theatre, an amusement park, an outdoor aqua park and a two deck interior promenade. It’s recent partnership with Cirque du Soleil will ensure world-class shows. There will be specially designed cabins for families and are larger MSC Yacht club offering a solarium, private lounge, restaurant and duplex suites.
MSC Meraviglia ( meaning wonder in Italian ) will be delivered in April 2017 and MSC Seaside will be delivered in November 2017 with further ships in both classes delivered in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Seaside will cater for over 5,100 guests, and Meraviglia 5,700. Seaside’s unique features include a sea-level promenade that surrounds the ship with outdoor shops and restaurants as well as panoramic lifts with sea views. Both ships also boast technological innovations including reducing fuel consumption by 25%.
MSC Cruises have also committed to building a further two ships (Meraviglia-plus class) housing over 6,300 passengers which will be delivered in 2019 and 2020. These will feature the first and only classic and contemporary fine art museum at sea. The interior promenade will be 111 meters long and will have 5000 square foot led screen beaming out visual events, sunrises, sunsets to animate the entire promenade creating a unique atmosphere.
2015 was another year of unprecedented grown for MSC Cruises, with 10% increase in sales and 1.7 million guests travelling on their 12 cruise ships.
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