Just weeks after MSC Cruises first cut steel on MSC Bellissima, its second Meraviglia-class ship, the line has firmed up a contract for two new Meraviglia-Plus-class ships.
Following the launch of MSC Meraviglia in May 2017 and MSC Bellissima in March 2019 will officially be the as-yet-unnamed Plus ships in October 2019 and September 2020 respectively, as built at STX France in Saint-Nazaire.
Previously, as of February 1, 2016, the option was in place to construct the two 177,000-GRT ships, and now the final contract is in place between the cruise line and the shipyard. The larger vessels will be based on the Meraviglia-class currently being built at 167,000-GRT. The MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima will boast 2,250 guest cabins, whereas the latter two will sport 2,450 staterooms, making them the second largest in the world according to the cruise line.
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