Qatar Charters MSC Cruise Ships for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises to charter two cruise ships to operate as floating hotels for fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Under the terms of the agreement, the State of Qatar will charter the two cruise ships, MSC Europa and MSC Poesia, which will be berthed in Doha Port, Qatar beginning beginning in November 2022. MSC Europa is currently under … [Read more...]

MSC Cruises Inks 2 Billion Euro Order for New Luxury Ships

MSC and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have announced the signing of the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships to join MSC Cruises fleet.  All four vessels will have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT, 481 guest suites, and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technology. The first of the four ships is expected to … [Read more...]

MSC Cruises Enters Ultra-Luxury Market with Four-Ship Order at Fincantieri

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 … [Read more...]

MSC Cruises Finalizes Two-Ship Construction Contract with STX France

STX France and MSC Cruises have announced they have finalized the contracts for two new 177,000-ton cruise ships for MSC. The two next-generation ships will be the largest ever built for a European cruise line. Delivery is scheduled for 2019 and 2020, respectively. The ships will be known as the "Meraviglia-Plus" class, an evolution of the smaller 167,000 GRT … [Read more...]