MSC Cruises held a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, on Monday 28th November 2016, to mark the start of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia (‘Wonder’ in Italian) class of ships.
The 5,700-passenger ship will jointly hold the title of largest cruise ship in the world, in terms of passenger capacity, when she comes into service in June 2019 with sister ship MSC Meraviglia.
MSC Cruises is investing an astonishing $10.2 billion in fleet expansion, which will see the line’s capacity triple over the next ten years.
MSC Bellissima is the fourth of 11 next-generation ships due to come into service over this period between now and 2020. Two more ships (the Meraviglia-Plus class) will have an even greater passenger capacity of 6,300 and are expected to enter service in October 2019 and September 2020.
Just last week the line celebrated the float out of its newest and largest ship, so far. MSC Seaside.