MSC Cruises opt for Fincantieri for new class

Adam Foster
Adam Foster

22 October 2018

Just days after announcing, the itineraries for its new flagship the MSC Grandiosa due for delivery in November next year, MSC Cruises and Italian builder Fincantieri announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships for a total value in excess of €2Bn.

The ships, the first of which will be delivered in Spring 2023, will have gross tonnage of approx. 64,000 GT and feature 500 cabins. The remaining three ships will come into service one per year over the following three years. The owner says the ships will feature, amongst other, the best and latest environmental technology and other cutting-edge maritime solutions at sea. They will also showcase highly-innovative design as well as introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relax.

The announced tonnage means the ships will be much smaller than the 177,000GT Meraviglia-Plus class of which MSC Grandiosa is the first, but are aimed at the most discerning sector of the growing cruise market. Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “It is off the back of the great success of our ship-within-a-ship luxury concept that our guests asked us to enter into the ultra-luxury segment, as a natural evolution of the MSC Yacht Club. These ships will be able to offer unique itineraries, thanks to their size, and the guest services will be taken to another level, including our personalised MSC Yacht Club butler service, available 24/7.

Vago continued, “I am especially pleased to be able to further extend our partnership with Fincantieri through this new order. The award-winning Seaside and Seaside-Evo class have already been recognised as ground-breaking and innovative designs. We are now introducing another new class, which will establish a new standard of ultra-luxury at sea with ships that will showcase the quality and highest standards that are associated with Made in Italy.”

The new orders mean that Fincantieri can now count 53 cruise ships in its order book.