MSC Cruises have moved to increase their order of megaships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to two ships, with an option for third.
At a cost of AUD $3.2 billion, this investment signifies a confidence that the cruise holiday industry will only continue to strengthen.
The Italian-Swiss shipping company currently operates 12 cruise liners, running numerous different sea routes simultaneously. The two new ships, currently nicknamed Project Seaside I and Project Seaside II, from Fincantieri are larger in terms of gross tonnage than any of the company's current liners.
Alongside these recent purchases, MSC Cruises also has two even larger ships in production by STX Europe at the moment.
MSC Cruises chief executive officer Gianni Ornato said that the orders fitted into MSC's fleet development plan: "Today, MSC Cruises adds the last piece to its new industrial plan that will allow us to double the capacity of our fleet by 2022," he enthused. "With the arrival of the new ships we will reach a capacity of about 80,000 passengers a day."
Cruise1st reports that Project Seaside I and II are scheduled to make their maiden voyages in November 2017 and May 2018 respectively. Like all MSC liners, the two megaships will sail under the Panama flag.