The first of these new ultra luxury cruise ships is scheduled to debut in 2023. A new ship will be launched each year until 2026. With the addition of these new ships, MSC Cruises will be adding a total of 17 new cruise ships by 2027.
The four luxury 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 relaxation.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, gave the following statement about the cruise line entering the luxury cruise market: “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 personalized MSC Yacht Club butler service, available 24/7.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and leading cruise brand in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Gulf. This order will bring to eight the number of MSC Cruises ships to be built in Italy with Fincantieri. Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one for diversification and innovation.
With the addition of these new ships, MSC Cruises’ already industry-unprecedented investment plan will now account for a total 17 new ships to be built by 2027, for an overall investment of EUR 13.6 billion (≈15.6 billion USD). Of these, three have already come into service since June 2017: MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview. Two more – MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa – will be delivered in February and October 2019, respectively. All five cruise ships will feature MSC Cruises’ existing ship-within-a-ship luxury concept, the award-winning next-generation MSC Yacht Club.