|While U.S.-based cruise giants like Princess and Carnival seem to be slowing down on the new-building front, Europe's MSC Cruises is showing no signs of letting up. Last month, the rapidly expanding Italian line announced that it had signed on for the construction of two more mega-ships -- and today, the names were revealed.|
MSC Meraviglia (marvelous) and MSC Favolosa (fabulous) will be built in France at Aker's St. Nazaire shipyard; the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Meraviglia and Favolosa will be the fifth and sixth vessels in the 93,000-ton, 2,550-passenger Musica class of ships, the first of which (MSC Musica) debuted just two years ago in 2006.
MSC, which caters both to European and North American passengers, now has five new-builds on the docket for construction by 2012. The 133,500-ton, 3,300-passenger MSC Fantasia, the largest ever for the line, will debut this December.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor