Construction of the first of four 205,700 gross tonne World class cruise ships for MSC Cruises is expected to start next month.
The World class ships will be built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantic shipyard in Saint Nazaire, the first is due for delivery in May 2022.
The shipyard is expected to cut the steel for the first World Class ship on 31 October 2019, on the same day as the shipyard delivers MSC Grandiosa, the first of three Meraviglia-Plus class ships to MSC Cruises.
The World class ships will each measure 333.3 metres in length, 47 metres wide and be 68 metres high. The state-of-the-art next-generation ships will have a passenger capacity of 6,850.
The new ships feature an innovative ‘G’ bow and a ‘Y’ shaped aft superstructure. The World class ships will also be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and feature many environmental technological advances.