MSC Cruises has cut steel on its latest ship, MSC World America, which will be the first LNG-powered World Class ship dedicated to U.S. when it comes into service in 2025.
The new vessel is under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France during the delivery ceremony of the MSC World Europa. The announcement makes this the first of MSC Cruises’ LNG-powered ships to be deployed in North America and another of the line’s flagships to be customized for the American market.
Rubén A. Rodríguez, President, MSC Cruises USA, said: “MSC World America is testament to our ambitious growth plans in the U.S. and the Caribbean and further solidifies MSC Cruises as a major player in the North American market with another of our largest, most glamorous ships coming to the region.”
MSC World America will be the latest in a growing line of U.S. flagships dating back to the 2017 launch of MSC Seaside. The company went on to deploy the new MSC Seashore from PortMiami in 2021, with MSC Seascape set to inherit the flagship status when it enters service later this year.
The announcement arrives shortly after MSC Cruises unveiled plans for its largest-ever U.S. presence with five ships serving the region for the winter 2023-2024 season:
- MSC Meraviglia – Sailing its inaugural winter season from Brooklyn, New York to Bermuda—or Florida and The Bahamas—following an inaugural summer season that will have included sailings through Canada and New England.
- MSC Seascape – Offering 7-night itineraries from PortMiami to the eastern and western Caribbean with calls at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.
- MSC Divina – Sailing from PortMiami with a variety of itineraries ranging from quick Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve getaways to extended sailings through Central and South America.
- MSC Magnifica – Sailing short cruises from PortMiami to Key West and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
- MSC Seashore – Sailing from Port Canaveral and offering short cruises to The Bahamas along with longer western Caribbean itineraries, all of which offer calls at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC World America will be the second of MSC Cruises’ World Class ships, featuring elements similar to MSC World Europa, but aspects of the ship’s design and guest experience will be specifically tailored to appeal to guests from North America. When it comes into service in the summer of 2025, MSC World America will be the line’s largest ship in the U.S., measuring 22 decks tall and more than 150 feet wide, with more than 2,600 cabins and 420,000 square feet of public space.
For more information, visit MSC Cruises' web site.