STX France and MSC Cruises 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. MSC Cruises said that the Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution of the Meraviglia class prototype, increasing their gross tonnage to 177,000 with 2,450 guest cabins.
Delivery is scheduled for 2019 and 2020, respectively.
MSC Cruises said the two units are part of the company’s €9 billion investment plan for eleven new next-generation cruise ships to coming into service by 2026.
“I am extremely pleased to see us continuing to deliver against our industrial plan with the coming into force of the final contract for the two “Meraviglia-Plus” ships,” Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, said.