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The company has signed a MoU with STX France for two GT 200 thou. ships with an option for another two.
MSC Cruises' World Class ships will feature 2,760 cabins and a max. occupancy of 6,850 guests, what's said to be the highest passenger capacity in the global cruise fleet. The delivery of 330 m long vessels is set on 2022 and 2024 (2025 and 2026 for the optional ones). Among other innovations, they will be equipped with a completely new generation of LNG-powered engines as well as a new generation ballast water treatment system.
"Today, as we unveil MSC Meraviglia, a new vessel that marks the start of the next phase of our growth, we are delighted to confirm another key component of our ten-year investment plan: The World Class. These new vessels will further expand our partnership with STX France all the way to 2026, with up to seven additional innovative ships to be built during this period," Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises' Executive Chairman, said.
Laurent Castaing, STX France's CEO, added; "Once again, MSC Cruises has chosen to put their trust in our capacity to support their growth and expansion as well as in our ability to conceive, develop, and build the world's most modern and technologically-advanced cruise ships. By adding the new World Class to the four previous ship classes that we have delivered over the past 15 years, the number of vessels in their fleet built by STX France in Saint-Nazaire is set to reach 20. Our exceptional industrial partnership continues to benefit an entire region."