Switzerland-based shipping company MSC
Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced the signing of the
final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships.
The announcement follows the initial signing of
a memorandum of agreement between the two parties in October 2018.
The contracts, subject to shipowner financing,
have a total value exceeding EUR 2 billion (USD 2.2 billion).
As per the terms of the agreement, the first of
the four ships will be delivered by Spring 2023. The remaining three will come
into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC’s
Cruises Division, said: “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.”
All four vessels will have gross tonnage of
approximately 64,000 GT and will feature the latest maritime and environmental
Each equipped with 481 guest suites, they
will also showcase a highly-innovative design and introduce ground-breaking
options for guest comfort and relaxation.
Since starting to work with Fincantieri, in
2014, MSC has also ordered four ships for its contemporary MSC Cruises brand,
for a value of EUR 3.2 billion. The first two of these vessels, MSC Seaside and
MSC Seaview, are already in service. The next two vessels will be delivered in
2021 and 2023, with MSC Seashore already under construction at Fincantieri’s
yard in Monfalcone.
MSC is the cruises division of MSC Group, the
world’s second largest transportation and logistics business. Under this
umbrella will operate the new brand as well as MSC’s contemporary brand MSC
Cruises, the leading cruise brand across Europe, South America, the Gulf as
well as southern Africa.