Just three days after the MSC Magnifica flag ceremony at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intent for the delivery of another new ship in June 2012, to join their eleven new vessels built over the past seven years.
MSC Cruises’ worldwide CEO, Pierfrancesco Vago, said, ‘We are immensely proud to announce the signature of a letter of intent for the building of a new ship, MSC Favolosa.’
Measuring 1,094 feet in length and 125 feet wide, MSC Favolosa will have 1,751 staterooms and be able to travel at speeds close to 24 knots.
Award-winning naval architects De Jorio Design International will once again design the newest addition to MSC’s the Fantasia class ships, technically called V32. To achieve the highest environmental standards, substantial investments will include more efficient evaporators, chillers, a new generation of propulsor motors and an additional bow thruster to improve maneuverability.
At a time when some companies remain cautious about investing, Vago said, ‘With this order MSC Cruises again signals the record-breaking extent of its ambition. The new ship will bring our capacity to nearly 1.5 million guests in 2013, confirming both the success of our strategy and our confidence in further growth.’