MSC Cruises has confirmed its existing option to build two additional next-generation cruise ships with STX France. The new "Meraviglia-Plus" cruise ships will be larger than the two Meraviglia-class ships that have already been announced, with 2,444 staterooms allowing for 4,888 guests at double occupancy.
The new ships are slated for delivery in October 2019 and December 2020, which MSC said is nearly two years earlier than expected.
The two new ships will have a classic and contemporary fine art museum at sea. With an additional 200 staterooms and a maximum capacity of nearly 6,300 guests, these 1,085 foot-long vessels will be the largest ships at sea able to call at any port, MSC said.
Public spaces will offer boutiques, restaurants and spots for shopping, eating and relaxing. The interior promenade is now 362 feet long and the now-310 by 20 feet LED sky screen above it will display visual events and vistas around the clock to animate the entire promenade from above.
For entertainment, through a recently announced partnership with Cirque du Soleil the new ships will have co-designed and built dining and entertainment venues that center around the theatrical, aecrobatic style of shows that will be performed. The classic and contemporary fine art museum will display art in collaboration with the world’s premier cultural centers, classic and modern art museums as well as public and private institutions.