MSC Cruises, Bygg nr. G34 & H34 ved Chantiers de l’Atlantique, 177.000 Gt Cruiseskip "MSC Grandiosa" & "MSC Virtuosa"


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MSC Cruises orders two Meraviglia-Plus ships from STX France

To be delivered in October 2019 and September 2020, the two Meraviglia-Plus newbuilds will be longer than the Meraviglia ships at 331 metres long and will feature an additional 200 cabins, enabling them to accommodate a maximum of nearly 6,300 guests. The vessels will also have boutiques, restaurants and a 111 metre long interior promenade with an extended LED sky screen above it, which will beam out visual events and vistas to animate the walkway. MSC will also collaborate with Cirque du Soleil to co-design and install a purpose-built dining and entertainment venue for guests.

In an industry-first, the Meraviglia-Plus ships will also feature a classic and contemporary fine art museum, which will showcase artwork from some of the world’s premier cultural centres, classic and modern art museums as well as public and private institutions. Like the Meraviglia ships, the new Meraviglia-Plus vessels will also be equipped with guest- and crew-facing technology from Samsung.

“Our long-standing cooperation with STX France and the continued growth of our business allows me today to confirm well ahead of time the existing options for two additional ships,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC’s executive chairman. “The two Meraviglia-Plus vessels will be even larger and longer as well as richer in features and amenities, thus confirming MSC Cruises as the industry’s boldest innovator when it comes to ship design and experiences we create for our guests.”

The two new ships will be worth €1.6 billion, bringing MSC’s investment for the two Meraviglia-class and the two Meraviglia-Plus ships to a total of €3 billion.

“This order extends a unique and remarkable partnership that we have built with MSC Cruises over the years that we have been constructing their ships,” said Laurent Castaing, president of STX France. “The proof lies in the quality of our relationship with a discerning client that trusts us and by the experience during the projects by our respective teams, who have learned to innovate together to give the MSC Cruises fleet outstanding levels of modernity, performance and safety. We are very proud to contribute to the development and success of our client, whose ambitions have already made them one of the world's leading ship owners.”

MSC’s news was revealed during the coin ceremony for MSC Meraviglia, which took place at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 1 February. During the ceremony, Vago also said that the ship will be christened in Le Havre, France on 1 June 2017.

“Standing here at the STX France shipyard for the coin ceremony for the 11th time is a reflection of how strong our ties are with France, which is where all the ships of our current fleet were built,” said Vago. “ This makes MSC Cruises, when it comes to export contracts, the number one foreign private investor in France – having invested over €8 billion over the period - and one of the leading overall investors. For this reason, I am proud to announce that MSC Meraviglia could not but be christened in France, in the beautiful UNESCO-listed port of Le Havre on 1 June 2017. From there, it will then set forth for its inaugural season to be spent in the Mediterranean, homeporting in another French port, Marseille.”

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MSC Cruises is to add two more cruise ships to its new Meraviglia class after extending its existing contract with STX France to cover four newbuilds.


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MSC Cruises celebrates acceleration in investment plan with key building milestones for two of the four new ships currently under construction

First Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiosa at steel cutting ceremony

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, celebrated today a further acceleration in its industry-unprecedented ten-year investment plan. Under the €9 billion plan, six of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, resulting in a doubling of the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.

In connection with this, today the Company held at STX France the ceremonies of the coin for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of the first steel for its first Meraviglia-Plus class ships, representing key building milestones for two of the four new MSC Cruises ships currently and simultaneously under construction (the other two ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, are currently being built at FINCANTIERI, Italy.) MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, commented: “Today we are celebrating a truly unique moment, as it is the first time that key shipbuilding milestones for two different ships are celebrated on the same day. This is a testimony of the strength and ambition of our investment plan.

Additionally, at the cutting of her first steel ceremony Mr Vago revealed that the first of MSC Cruises two Meraviglia-Plus ships will be named MSC Grandiosa, commenting: “The Meraviglia generation of ships is already setting a new standard for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new prototypes that we have designed to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level. MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship.”

Mr Vago continued: “Additionally, with MSC Grandiosa we also continue to innovate in product. Just as MSC Cruises “democratised” the luxury cruise experience when we were the first cruise brand to introduce a ship-in-ship luxury concept - the MSC Yacht Club, we are now doing the same for art and culture with the very first fine art museum at sea. Similarly,” he continued, “MSC Grandiosa will be the third of only four MSC Cruises ships to exclusively feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, hosted in the uniquely complex, custom-built Carousel Lounge.

Mr Vago concluded: “Of course, over and above everything else, these ships will be once again at the forefront of environmental technology at sea. In fact, amongst other innovations, they will feature the latest hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems, SCR-Catalysts, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling capabilities, emission-reducing energy and heat recovery systems, and highly advanced wastewater treatment.

The second part of the proceedings was the traditional coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima where two commemorative coins were placed into one of the ship’s blocks as a sign of blessing and good fortune for the ship and her crew. The two mega-ships are due to come into service in March 2019 and November 2019, respectively.

Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France , commented: "Today as we celebrate a cutting of the first steel and then a keel laying in the same day, we are living an unprecedented experience that marks the beginning of a new era, both for our client and for our yard. For MSC Cruises, it is the realization of an extraordinary investment plan, which will elevate the Company to become one of the three largest players in the global cruise industry; for us, it is the illustration of our very healthy order book, which leads us to deliver two ships a year until 2022. We are partners in the same virtuous circle, where boldness and the performance of each is a benefit to the other."

The Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution and enrichment of the highly successful Meraviglia prototype, which includes MSC Meraviglia – in service since June of this year – as well as MSC Bellissima. They feature 181,000 GRT’s, 331 metres in length and maximum capacity of 6,334 guests. The fact that this highly successful prototype can be extended is further proof of the engineering capabilities of the partnership between STX France and MSC Cruises and will bring guests an even more connected and rich cruise experience. In fact, the Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature the very first fine art museum at sea, with a collection of classic and contemporary art, elevating the entertainment experience on board to a whole new level and giving guests access to some of the world’s most beautiful works of art.

Another key highlight on board both MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa will be Cirque du Soleil at Sea. The long-term exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil is setting new standards in live entertainment at sea and will see the world’s leader in artistic entertainment create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships. Each of the four ships will feature two brand new contrasting shows, the first two debuted on MSC Meraviglia in June this year and creative work is underway on two more shows for MSC Bellissima.

The two ships celebrated today are part of MSC Cruises’ existing investment plan, which includes the development of new prototypes for each of the three new classes of ships – the Meraviglia class, Seaside Class and World Class. This June, MSC Cruises launched the first of these new ships, MSC Meraviglia in Le Havre France and in December MSC Seaside will come into service in Miami. In June 2018 MSC Seaview will join the ultra-modern fleet. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, a testament to the Company’s ambition.

Sales are already open for MSC Bellissima’s inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean. The much-awaited opening of sales for MSC Grandiosa will be announced soon.

To find out more about MSC Cruises and its fleet click here.

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First Steel Cut for MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia-Plus II

French shipbuilder STX France has held a steel cutting ceremony for MSC Cruises’ newest Meraviglia-Plus II cruise ship.

The ceremony was held in Saint-Nazaire on June 14, 2018.

To be named MSC Virtuosa, the second Meraviglia-Plus ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

As its sister ship MSC Grandiosa, the newbuild will feature a length of 331 meters, a width of 43 meters and a maximum capacity of 6,300 passengers.

The two Meraviglia-Plus units are part of the company’s EUR 9 billion investment plan for eleven new next-generation cruise ships that will come into service by 2026. The Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution of the Meraviglia class prototype, increasing their GRT to 177,000 with 2,450 guest cabins.

The Meraviglia-Plus class is said to be the next-level generation of ships for all seasons. Thanks to their “innovative maritime technology”, together with their Meraviglia class sister ships, they will be the only ones in their class able to call at all world cruise ports, according to the company.

Kilde: World Maritime News

MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and CEO of STX France Laurent Castaing cut the first steel of the newly named MSC Virtuosa

Image Courtesy: Ivan Sarfatti as shared by MSC Cruises.


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French Shipyard Hosts Delivery, Coin Ceremonies for MSC Cruises’ Newbuilds

French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique held today delivery and coin ceremonies for two newbuilds owned by Switzerland-based cruise company MSC Cruises.

At the event held in Saint-Nazaire, the shipyard delivered MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia generation of cruise ships and the sixteenth vessel to join the MSC fleet.

Following the delivery, the 167,600-ton newbuilding will set sail for Southampton, where it will be named on March 2. With a capacity for more than 5,700 passengers, the new addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet will become the largest ship to be launched in this UK city.

MSC Bellissima will depart Southampton on March 4 to commence its 10-night inaugural cruise to Genoa. From March 17, the vessel will commence 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Naples and Messina in Italy, Valetta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.

Also on February 27, the coin ceremony was held for MSC Virtuosa, the company’s second Meraviglia-Plus ship. The coin was placed in the keel block by MSC Virtuosa’s godmothers as a symbol of good luck.

As its sister ship MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa will feature a length of 331 meters, a width of 43 meters and a maximum capacity of 6,300 passengers. It will be one of the two largest ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet when it enters service in 2020.
The newbuilds are part of the company’s EUR 11.6 billion investment plan under which the MSC fleet is set to expand to 25 mega cruise ships by 2026.

Kilde: World Maritime News


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Big H34 bottom block (124 m long) floated out very soon after Nat Geo Endurance and awaiting tug since.

Tow to France to commence probably on April 30


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MSC Grandiosa Completes Sea Trials

MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia-Plus class ship, the MSC Grandiosa has successfully completed her first intensive systems tests at sea during a three-day trial in the Atlantic Ocean at the end of August.

The ship will next receive her finishing touches at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France before being officially delivered to MSC Cruises on Oct. 31, according to a statement.

The christening for the MSC Grandiosa is set for Nov. 9 in Hamburg ahead of an inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean with from her Genoa homeport to Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseilles.

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"MSC Grandiosa"

Foto: Ukjent via Chantiers de l’Atlantique


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"MSC Virtuosa" slept ut av dokka på Søndag ved hjelp av sju slepebåter

Alle foto: Bernard Biger