Geneva, Switzerland - November 9, 2023 - Construction of MSC World America, MSC Cruises’ next newbuild has reached its halfway stage. Liquified natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks were recently installed on board the line’s 23 ship at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Work started on MSC Cruises’ third LNG-powered vessel in October 2022. The ship will enter service in April 2025 and be based at the line’s state-of-the-art terminal at PortMiami, Florida, which is set to be the largest cruise terminal in North America once completed.
MSC Cruises’ other LNG-powered ships are MSC World Europa, which launched in December 2022 and is the sister ship of MSC World America, and MSC Euribia which came into service in June 2023.
Linden Coppell, VP Sustainability and ESG, MSC Cruises, said, “LNG is an important step forward in our ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and we’re looking forward to base for the first time in the United States a ship powered by the fuel. LNG is a fuel in transition and poised to make way for bio-LNG and synthetic LNG as they become available at scale as part of our decarbonization journey.”
MSC World America will sail 7-night itineraries in the Caribbean Sea during her inaugural season with all voyages calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line’s private island in The Bahamas.
The 22-deck ship with a gross tonnage of 215,863 will measure 1,092 feet in length and 155 feet wide. Offering more than 430,556 square feet of public space, MSC World America will have the capacity for 6,762 passengers and 2,138 crew, as well as feature 2,626 cabins.
MSC World America will have 13 restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, six swimming pools, three entertainment venues, an 11-deck-high dry slide, spa, gym, waterpark and dedicated area for children of all ages.
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MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the market leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region, and Southern Africa. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America, and the Far East markets.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruise Division of MSC Group, the world’s leading and privately held shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises – the contemporary brand - has a modern fleet of 22 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels, terminals, and other assets. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025, with options for six more vessel orders in place through 2030.
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The line’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve. In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol, click here.
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