MSC Cruises to name first of its new Vista project ships MSC Meraviglia

Name revealed as STX France cuts the first piece of steel for the newbuild at its Saint-Nazaire yard
MSC Cruises to name first of its new Vista project ships MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia is due to debut in May 2017

By Rebecca Gibson |

MSC Cruises is to name the first of its new Vista project mega ships MSC Meraviglia when she debuts in May 2017.

The name, which means ‘wonder’ in Italian, was revealed during the ship’s steel-cutting ceremony at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire on 20 April.

“MSC Meraviglia will be the biggest and most innovative cruise ship ever built by a global European-based cruise line,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman. “We chose a name that denotes a sense of awe and wonderment, because of the many stunning features planned. Today, building started on a true espanol sexo gratis maritime marvel.”

MSC Meraviglia has been developed as part of MSC’s seven-ship, €5.1 billion investment plan that will double its capacity by 2022 and is the first of two identical ships on order from STX France. The second ship is due to be delivered in 2019, while MSC has options for two further Vista project ships to be delivered by 2022.

“This steel-cutting event is a milestone in the company’s development plan,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC. “By investing €5.1 billion on up to seven new ships MSC Cruises will double its capacity by 2022. MSC Meraviglia will be one of the greenest and safest ships in the industry, as well as one of the most technologically advanced.”

The 330m Vista ships have been developed under STX’s Ecorizon programme and will feature hulls and propulsions systems that have been optimised for energy efficiency, as well as gas exhaust cleaning systems to neutralise carbon dioxide and other emissions. Despite their proportions, the 167,600gt ships will also be able to access ports usually off-limits to mega ships.

“Since March 2014, more than 400 people from our various teams have been working tirelessly to define the special features of a ship that, I am certain will set the standard for its generation,” said videos porno gratis Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France. “This extraordinary project is testament to MSC Cruises’ visionary approach, and we are proud to collaborate with them through our capacity for innovation and know-how.”

MSC Meraviglia will be able to accommodate up to 4,500 passengers at double occupancy and will feature interlinked ‘cluster cabins’ to allow up to three cabins to be opened up to accommodate larger family groups. The ship will also feature an extended MSC Yacht Club area, which will feature the line’s first duplex suites and an exclusive solarium, lounge and fine-dining restaurant.

Entertainment options will include a large outdoor waterpark connected to a double-deck indoor amusement park; a double-deck aft lounge and entertainment space; and a two-deck interior promenade with shops, bars and speciality dining venues. Designed to reflect a Mediterranean village, the promenade will be covered by a 480sqm LED dome ceiling, which will be the backdrop for images and espanol videos sexo visual shows at scheduled times.

Guests will be able to make payments, book spa treatments and speciality restaurants, access their cabin and safe, and even geo-locate other passengers using wristbands with integrated near field communication technology, cruise cards or their smartphone.

MSC Meraviglia will spend her first summer sailing the western Mediterranean. In a first for the cruise industry, she will have three homeports including Genoa, Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

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