MSC Virtuosa’s float out capped a month-long triple celebration for MSC Cruises. The float out marked the third major milestone during the past month, following delivery of MSC Grandiosa and cutting of first steel for LNG-powered MSC Europa.
MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of MSC Virtuosa at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France recently, marking the third major new ship building milestone the company has celebrated in the past month at the shipyard.
The float out follows the successful delivery on Oct. 31 of MSC Grandiosa as well as the steel cutting ceremony on the same day of MSC Europa, the Company’s first of five liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered ships.
MSC Cruises also unveiled on the same day a ground-breaking R&D project in conjunction with Chantiers de l’Atlantique named PACBOAT that will focus on the integration of a new fuel cell technology, especially relevant for cruising, on board the LNG-powered MSC Europa.
MSC Cruises is committed to contribute to the development of next-generation advanced environmental technology for the benefit of its own environmental stewardship journey and that of the entire cruise industry.
MSC Virtuosa will be the second Meraviglia-Plus ship after MSC Grandiosa. The ship will now move to a wet dock for further construction and fitting until she is delivered in October 2020.
Photo by Bernard Biger – Chantiers de l’Atlantique