The 89,600-ton, 2,550-passenger MSC Musica is one step closer to joining MSC Cruises as the biggest ship in the fleet.
MSC Musica has entered the final phase of construction at Alstrom Marine of St. Nazaire in France after being "floated out" from Chantiers de l'Atlantique earlier this month (that shipyard also built Cunard's Queen Mary 2). Float-out is a particular milestone for any under-construction ship, as it means exterior construction has been completed and the dry dock can be filled with water. The ship is then moved to a wet dock facility where interior work goes into high gear.
Of MSC Musica's 1,275 staterooms, 80 percent will be outsides and 65 percent will have verandahs. The ship will also feature a 13,000-square-ft. spa; several dining options including two restaurants, self-serve pizza and a sushi bar; a central foyer with a three-deck-high waterfall; and a variety of entertainment venues including a three-deck theater, secondary show lounge and disco.
MSC Musica is poised to set the bar for MSC's "True Italian Signature" style; onboard design and amenities are expected to take the company's signature Italian flair to the next level.
MSC Opera will depart Venice on its inaugural voyage -- a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary -- on July 1, 2006. The ship is the first in a new series; a sister ship, MSC Orchestra, is set to launch in 2007.