MSC Meraviglia to be christened in Le Havre
Under construction in St Nazaire, the announcement was made at the coin-laying ceremony on February 1. Charlotte Bellanger of the Port of Le Havre was one of the three Godmothers at the ceremony, the others being Mariella Castellano of MSC Cruises and Marie Gabrielle Gossiaux for STX France.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman MSC Cruises, commented: “Standing here at the STX France shipyard for the coin ceremony for the 11th time is a reflection of how strong our ties are with France, which is where all the ships of our current fleet were built. This makes MSC Cruises, when it comes to export contracts, the number one foreign private investor in France – having invested over E8 billion over the period - and one of the leading overall investors.”
At the same time MSC announced that it was confirming two options for delivery in October 2019 and September 2020 but that these will be 16m longer with an extra 200 cabins. The Meraviglia-plus class will be the first cruiseships to each host a fine arts museum on board, displaying classic and contemporary originals from collections around the world.
MSC Cruises already calls Le Havre which expects 125 calls this year and 280,000 passengers. This compares to 95 calls and 224,367 passengers in 2015. The lower numbers last year were partly due to weather conditions resulting in a number of cancellations and also the delayed delivery of AIDAprima.