Posted June 19th, 2017
MSC Joins LNG Revolution With Record-Breaking Ship
We already know that Hurtigruten is building a number of eco-friendly ships to add to its fleet and, at the end of last year, we brought you news that both P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean are planning to add green giants to their ranks in 2020 and 2022 respectively. But, it seems that MSC have now also joined the revolution, confirming plans to build a ship capable of carrying more passengers than any other in operation at the moment or that’s currently being built.
The trend with all of these new vessels is that they will be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) engines, meaning they will comply with new marine laws aimed at cleaning up our oceans. Billed as the fuel of the future, more and more operators are taking advantage of this new technology as they continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible on a cruise ship.
Currently the largest cruise ship in the world is Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, which weighs 226,963 GT and can carry a maximum of 6,780 guests. MSC’s new ship, the first in a group known as ‘World Class’, will only weigh in at 200,000 GT but will have enough cabins and suites for 6,850 passengers, surpassing the current record.
As well as the LNG, other innovations include a variety of ‘villages’ similar to Royal Caribbean’s ‘neighbourhoods’ concept, a bow that will improve stability and comfort, and a glass-coved pool lounge. The vessel will also be built in a cutting-edge ‘y’ shape so that there can be more balcony cabins and cruisers can look forward to stunning panoramic views. Other additions are being kept under wraps for now, but you can be sure we will have the latest news once it is announced.
Two ships have been confirmed so far, to be launched in 2022 and 2024, but the cruise line does have the option to debut two more in 2025 and 2026.
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