One per year, 2023-2026
The first ship is scheduled for delivery by spring 2023, with one per year to follow through 2026.
'With this now firm order, MSC is entering a new segment that bears significant potential globally,' MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said. He noted that while the line already serves the premium market with the MSC Yacht Club area aboard its large ships, the new vessels will provide a luxury super-yacht experience.
'Additionally,' Vago said, 'we are proud to partner again with Fincantieri for the development and construction of yet another highly innovative and exclusive class of ships.'
Order firmed in under five months
For his part, Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono expressed pride in nailing the contracts in fewer than five months from the preliminary agreement. 'Fincantieri’s reputation in a complex market such as the cruise one is at an all-time high,' he said. 'Our leadership in the luxury segment, among the most active ones, grows even stronger with these four ships, alongside our relationship with MSC and its growth plans.'
Each of the luxury newbuilds will have 481 guest suites and a highly innovative design.
As previously reported here, MSC Cruises plans to create a separate brand and management team for its luxury division.