MSC Cruises Begins Construction on New MSC Bellissima

From left to right: Henry Doyer, Responsable d’Affaires at STX; Laurent Castaing, STX CEO; Alexa Aponte, MSC Group CFO; Emilio La Scala, General Manager of MSC Cruises technical department; Rocco Gargiulo, Project Manager of MSC Cruises new builds; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Chairman

MSC Cruises and STX France held a traditional steel cutting ceremony at STX France in Saint Nazaire on Monday to mark the official commencement of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia generation of ships that will come into service in 2019.

Part $10.2 billion investment that will see MSC Cruises’ capacity triple over the next ten years, MSC Bellissima is due to become the fourth of 11 next-generation ships due to come into service over this period, the cruise line said.

MSC Bellissima has been designed to operate in all seasons and to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports. The ship will be built with new features and amenities aimed at guests of all ages and interests.

With a gross tonnage of 167,600 GRT and total capacity for more than 5,700 guests, this new cruise ship will be the largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with MSC Meraviglia.