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MSC Cruises: 2 next generation ships

The two new “Meraviglia-Plus” ships to feature increased tonnage and overall size

Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016 – Today at the coin ceremony for MSC Meraviglia held in Saint-Nazaire, France, MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, confirmed the existing STX France options to build an additional two ships in the Meraviglia class. Furthermore, the two new next-generation ships known as Meraviglia-Plus will feature increased tonnage and overall size, totaling 2,444 staterooms and a double occupancy of 4,888 guests.

The two new units will now be completed respectively in October 2019 and December 2020, thus delivering the last of the now four Meraviglia STX France made-ships by nearly two years earlier than expected. In another MSC Cruises industry-first, the two Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature the first and only classic and contemporary fine art museum at sea. MSC Cruises today also announced that MSC Meraviglia will be christened in Le Havre, France. The MSC Cruises Meraviglia-Plus class is the next-level generation of ships for all seasons.

With cutting-edge design and exceptional features, the elegant side of the Mediterranean is brought to life in the mastery of every detail. Boasting an additional 200 staterooms and a maximum capacity of nearly 6,300 guests, these 1,085 foot-long vessels will be the largest ships at sea able to call at any port, thus maximizing guests’ choices of itineraries and desinations.

The unique public spaces filled with boutiques, restaurants and tranquil spots for shopping, eating and relaxing as well as socializing have also been enhanced. The interior promenade is now an impressive 362 feet-long and the now-310 by 20 feet LED sky screen above it will display visual events and vistas around the clock to animate the entire promenade to create an unique atmospheric experience.

Another key distinguishing element of the MSC Cruises experience is its commitment to making the richest array of entertainment available to its guests. With the recently announced partnership with Cirque du Soleil, MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil have co-designed purpose-built dining and entertainment venues that center around the theatrical, aecrobatic style of shows that will be performed. In addition to the exciting entertainment, MSC Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature a unique, cultural experience for guests at sea with the first of its kind classic and contemporary fine art museum.

This industry-first feature will now enable guests to discover world culture not only through rich and varied itineraries, but also onboard through the masterpieces on display from around the globe in collaboration with the world’s premier cultural centers, classic and modern art museums as well as public and private institutions. Furthermore, Meraviglia and Meraviglia-Plus ships will look to set a new standard in smart ships. The recently announced partnership with Samsung will deliver state-of-the-art, next-generation technology.

MSC Cruises guests will be delighted by the latest displays, mobile solutions and medical equipment as well as products for enhanced reality experiences. The two new ships will be worth $1.7 billion, thus bringing MSC Cruises’ investment for the two Meraviglia plus the two Meraviglia-Plus ships to a total of $3.2 billion.

Star Clippers' new masted ship to be named Flying Clipper

By Tom Stieghorst The Flying Clipper is designed to be a near replica of the France II ordered in 1911. The 300-passenger ship being built by Star Clippers for delivery in 2017 will be called the Flying Clipper. The Flying Clipper will have three pools, one that funnels sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the dining room. There will be a water sports platform on the stern for use when the ship is at anchor and a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four owner’s suites. The wind-powered ship is designed to be a near replica of the France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard in Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. The Flying Clipper will be the fourth Star Clippers ship. Two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, while Royal Clipper carries 227.

Royal Caribbean: season 2017-2018

Royal Caribbean will offer expanded Caribbean itineraries from the Northeast in 2017, with Rhapsody of the Seas joining Anthem of the Seas in Cape Liberty, New Jersey. This will be the first time that two Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing from Cape Liberty, offering guests in the New York area even more ways to explore the award-winning cruise line.

Anthem boasts the groundbreaking technology and first-at-sea features of the technologically advanced Quantum-class, while Rhapsody offers an intimately-sized and entertainment-filled, Vision-class experience. Whether recovering from the winter chill, or simply enjoying a summer vacation adventure, escapes to the Caribbean offer a variety of heart-pumping excursions, picturesque natural wonders, and plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge on more than 400 acres of pristine beaches.

Bermuda and More from the Northeast:

Rhapsody of the Seas will sail 7-night itineraries to the Bahamas throughout the summer, and Anthem of the Seas will sail to Bermuda in the summer and the Caribbean year-round on 5-, 7- and 9-night itineraries. Touting itineraries with overnights in King’s Wharf, Bermuda, guests onboard Anthem will have ample time to explore the world’s best SCUBA and snorkeling experiences and award-winning pink sand beaches.

In the autumn months, Anthem of the Seas will sail 9-night voyages to New England and Canada. For vacationers from the Mid-Atlantic region, Grandeur of the Seas, sailing from Baltimore all year, will continue offering a wide breadth of cruise experiences, from a 5-night itinerary calling on Bermuda to a 9-night voyage sailing to New England and Canada as the colors of fall foliage begin to show. Grandeur will also sail 12-night itineraries to premier

Southern Caribbean destinations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and St. Maarten, as well as new 9-night itinerary to Nassau and CocoCay, Bahamas. Southern Caribbean Hot Spots from Miami, Fla.: Navigator of the Seas will sail 5- and 9-night itineraries to Southern Caribbean destinations, such as Aruba and Bonaire.

Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Independence of the Seas will offer 4- and 5-night itineraries to Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti. Freedom of the Seas will offer 6- and 8-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Serenade of the Seas will sail 10- and 11-night Caribbean itineraries including a new port of call in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Key West and Beyond from Tampa, Fla.: Brilliance of the Seas will join Rhapsody in Tampa for the winter, offering 4 and 5-night itineraries to Key West, Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. Rhapsody of the Seas will relocate to Tampa for the winter season and sail 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries. Exotic Island Escapes from Puerto Rico: Jewel of the Seas will sail to romantic destinations such as St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Barbados on 7-night itineraries from San Juan.

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