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The order, worth over €2b, will see the delivery of the GT 64k-big ships, each offering 481 guest suites, by 2026.
The first vessel will be delivered by spring 2023, while the remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.
"With this now firm order, MSC is entering a new segment that bears significant potential globally. While we already serve the premium market with the MSC Yacht Club featured on MSC Cruises' fleet, our new true luxury brand will deliver to this separate and fast-growing segment with super-yacht vessels and an experience to match that. Additionally, we are proud to partner again with Fincantieri for the development and construction of yet again another highly-innovative and exclusive class of ships," Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC’s Cruises Division, commented.Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, added, "Today's announcement confirms our Group's ability and strength to convert the soft backlog into backlog. We are proud to have achieved this important goal in less than five months from the preliminary agreement. Fincantieri's reputation in a complex market such as the cruise one is at an all-time high. Our leadership in the luxury segment, among the most active ones, grows even stronger with these four ships, alongside our relationship with MSC and its growth plans."