MSC Cruises places order for new Fantasia class ship

Mar 24, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson

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MSC Fantasia, at 140,000-gt the largest cruise ship in the MSC fleet and soon to be joined by a third ship

A letter of intent has been signed between MSC Cruises and STX France SA for the building at the St Nazaire shipyard of a new Fantasia class cruise ship for delivery in mid-2012.

The announcement comes shortly after the handover by STX France of the latest Musica class ship, the 2,500-passenger MSC MAGNIFICA to MSC Cruises a few days earlier.

The Fantasia class is larger than the 298m long Musica ships and measure 330m in length and have a gross tonnage of around 140,000-gt. The new ship will have 1,751 cabins, a hundred more than her two sisters already in service, MSC SPLENDIDA and MSC FANTASIA.

The confirmation awaits finalisation of financial arrangements. The cost of the ship is believed to be in the region of USD700 million.



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