//MSC Cruises orders fifth Meraviglia ship

MSC Cruises orders fifth Meraviglia ship

The new vessel – due to be delivered in 2023 – will be equipped with new generation dual fuel engines designed to run on liqufied natural gas, writes Anthony Pearce.

MSC Cruises has signed a €900m order for for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia-class cruise ship.

The ship, which is due to be delivered in 2023, will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas.

It will also feature other innovative environmental technologies, including an advanced wastewater treatment system compliant with the world’s most stringent regulatory standards.

The ship will be built by STX France at the St Nazaire shipyard, where three other cruise ships are currently being constructed for MSC – the MSC Virtuosa, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Bellissima. 

MSC Bellissima will be the first ship to featurea digital cruise personal assistant, Zoe, for use in the cabins.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman, said: “Our fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship will bring a new generation of cutting-edge environmental technology to the market, benefitting from a new generation of liquefied natural gas-powered engines. “This will help us further reduce our environmental footprint and advance in our journey of constant improvement.” 

Anthony Pearce is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.