Ships will enter service in 2025 and 2026
MSC Cruises has confirmed the order of two new ships to join its World class fleet.
The ships, currently referred to as "World Class 3" and "World Class 4", are to be build at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France and will be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
Both vessels will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and be capable of using alternative fuels, such as bio and synthetic methane and green methanol. They will also be fitted with dual fuel internal combustion engines.
World Class 3 and 4 will join the fleet alongside MSC World Europa (pictured), which was delivered in October 2022, and MSC World America, which is scheduled to enter service in April 2025.
MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “We are proud to continue our 20-year partnership with the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, with whom we have already built 18 ships with our nineteenth under construction.
“The World class is a truly innovative prototype and together we are building some of the most advanced ships in the world. We are also committed to researching and investing in future environmental technologies as they become available to ensure we continue progressing on our decarbonisation journey to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
MSC Cruises also said it has the option of a fifth ship to be built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.