MSC Cruises on Thursday announced it will be entering the ultra-luxury cruise sector with an order for four more cruise ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
MSC Cruises says it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the newbuilds valued in excess of 2 billion euros.
The ultra-luxury ships, the first of which will be delivered in 2023, will have a gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT and feature 500 cabins each. The next three ships are planned for delivery over the following three on a schedule of one ship per year.
“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,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman. “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.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “It is with pride that two great brands – an Italian one and one with a strong Italian DNA -, well-known all over the world, today announce an important construction program. We are extremely satisfied that, to launch a new class of ships in the luxury segment, MSC Cruises has recognized that our design will help them create a new generation of ships that will be cutting edge both in terms of safety and technological content, and with particular attention paid to passenger comfort. With this project Fincantieri can count on 53 cruise ships in its order book, confirming its position as absolute market leader”.