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MSC Cruises Confirms Cruise Ship Order

Posted on March 22, 2006

MSC Cruises has just confirmed an order to Chantiers de l’Atlantique for the construction of one 1275 cabin cruise ship, belonging to the MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra’s class. Like her two predecessors, this cruise ship is 294 metres long and just over 32 metres wide, and complies with the Panama Canal standard.

The contract will enter into force once the financing arrangements have been put in place by MSC. It includes an option for a sistership. Delivery of the ship is planned for season 2008.

MSC currently operates four cruise ships built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The Saint-Nazaire yard is presently completing the construction of MSC Musica, which will be delivered next June. The order book of Chantiers de l’Atlantique also includes her sistership, MSC Orchestra (delivery: 2nd quarter 2007) and two 1650 cabin cruise ships – MSC Fantasia (delivery: 2nd semester 2008) and MSC Serenata (delivery: 1st semester 2009).

By 2009, MSC Cruises’ fleet will include nine modern cruise ships, all built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

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