MSC MERAVIGLIA FIRST OF FOUR TO SET SAIL
The latest cruise ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet has been christened the MSC Meraviglia: the largest vessel ever built for a European owner and the fourth biggest in the world.
The 171,500-GT vessel, which can sleep 5,714 passengers and more than 1,500 crew members, was delivered by STX France to MSC Cruises on May 31, 2017. The vessel has several innovative features, including an interior promenade with a 96-meter long LED screen on its ceiling, a giant aqua park on the sun deck, and a lounge specially built to showcase performances by the Cirque du Soleil.
Other innovative features of the vessel will be less obvious to passengers but are equally impressive. It is fully equipped with high incineration capacities, advanced water-treatment systems, and the latest generation of oil-water separators. It also has vast storage capacities, allowing for two days full operation at sea without any discharge.
For the first time for MSC Cruises, their newbuilding is equipped with scrubbers acting as an exhaust gas cleaning system for sulphur oxides. This allows the vessel to comply with the strict limits imposed in Emission Control Areas.
Installation and testing of the system are covered by the new Bureau Veritas EGCS-Scrubber notation. Bureau Veritas has also given the vessel its Golden Pearls award, one of highest honors conferred to cruise ships, in recognition of specific voluntary attention paid to quality, health, safety and environmental concerns from design and building through to operations.
The MSC Meraviglia’s sister ship, MSC Bellissima will enter into service in June 2019, while two new Meraviglia Plus ships are due for delivery in October 2019 and September 2020. With a capacity of nearly 6,300 passengers and 1,700 crew members each, these ships will be a full 16m longer than the MSC Meraviglia and the MSC Bellissima. Fittingly, the first has been named MSC Grandiosa.
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