MSC Cruises second of the Meraviglia class ships, MSC Bellissima, has had her first steel cut in preparation for the start of her construction at STX shipyard in France.
The event took place on Monday 28th November and marks the start of the construction journey for Bellissima which is scheduled to enter service in 2019.
Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago championed the relationship forged between STX France and MSC Cruises after the construction of , MSC Lirica, in 2003. He stated:
“MSC Cruises and STX France have walked a long path together since the construction of MSC Lirica in 2003. Our current fleet was built at STX France and we are now shaping the future of the modern cruise ship with two new prototypes from STX France. With work nearing completion on MSC Meraviglia, we are delighted to begin construction of MSC Bellissima. I am delighted with this prototype, which will soon become a beautiful and balanced cruise ship capable of operating everywhere in the world,”
MSC Bellissima will be an identical sister to MSC Meraviglia, which is due to enter service in June 2017, and will meaure 167,600grt, 315m long and will accomodate 5714 guests.
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