MSC and Fincantieri have signed the final contracts to build four luxury cruise ships.
MSC Cruises executive Pierfrancesco Vago 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 superyacht vessels and an experience to match. Additionally, we are proud to partner again with Fincantieri to develop and construct another highly-innovative and exclusive class of ships.”
Fincantieri chief executive Giuseppe Bono said “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.”
All four vessels will have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 gt and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technologies. Each equipped with 481 guest suites, they will also showcase a highly innovative design and introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation.
This announcement follows a memorandum of agreement between the two parties signed in October 2018. The contracts, subject to shipowner financing, have a total value exceeding €2.0Bn (US$2.3Bn).
The first of the four ships will be delivered by Q2 2023, said Fincantieri. The remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.