In 2014 MSC cruises signed a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of two new ‘Vista Class’ cruise ships , with an option for two more.
The two ships will join MSC Cruises’ fleet, currently comprising 12 ships, all built in the Saint-Nazaire yards.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises said “The new prototype will be the biggest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the most versatile and flexible of the world: not only will it be able to call in most of the ports and destinations on earth, without compromise, but it will have extraordinary features that will make it the perfect choice at sea, in summer and in winter. The two new ships will reaffirm MSC Cruise’s dedication to outstanding and genuine dining options and out-of-this-world entertainment with new panoramic spaces, a bigger theatre and a spectacular amusement park connected to an outdoor aqua park as well as a two-deck “inside promenade.”
Internal renderings have been leaked giving us an insight into the Vista ship interiors:
The Vista ships are due for delivery in 2017 and 2019 and will have a a gross tonnage of about 167,600 tons, boasting 2,250 cabins for guests, nearly 820 crew cabins, and accommodating 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members.
Among the new features of the ships there will be specially designed cabins for families and an “extend” MSC Yacht Club, the entirely self-contained private club on the prestigious foredecks that will now be completed with a vast solarium, a private lounge and restaurant and duplex suites.
(MSC – click to enlarge)
The contract signed is worth 16 million working hours for STX France and its subcontractors, 9 million for the prototype and 7 for the second unit. Building is due to start in spring 2015.
(‘MSC Vista’ ships are not to be confused with the Carnival ‘Vista’ ships .)
Malcolm Says: Looks like MSC have borrowed ideas from RCI’s ‘Seaplex’ ‘360 degree lounge’ and the ‘Royal Promenade’.
There two ships will be 167,600 gross tons, so just slightly smaller than Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships which will be 167,800 gross tons. However the MSC Vista ships will hold more passengers (at double occupancy) than Quantum (4,180 passengers), with 2,250 cabins (4,500 double occupancy) and a maximum capacity of 5,700 passengers.
These new ships will be the third biggest class in the world (based on gross tonnage).
The Quantum class will be in second place with the Norwegian Breakaway ‘Plus’ ships being pushed down to fourth place. Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis’ class ships (Oasis, Allure and Harmony) will continue to hold the crown for being the biggest, by miles, at around 220,000 gt.
KONE will provide Meraviglia (MSC’s other newbuilds) with a total of 39 elevators and escalators.
This will include 17 elevators KONE MiniSpace (TM) for passengers, two panoramic elevators KONE MiniSpace (TM) , 13 KONE elevators service MonoSpace , KONE Motala 2000 for people with limited mobility and a dumbwaiter.
The design features of these elevators of high-end, include Italian marble floors.
Is the image below possibly a rendering of Meraviglia’s atrium?