Onorato: ‘Lot of Opportunity’ For Another MSC Newbuild

Our target is to grow organically,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. We see a lot of opportunity for our company.

Market demands are driving that growth, as MSC confirmed another newbuild order on Thursday, giving the company a pipeline of 13 newbuilds from 2017 through 2026.

Following the christening of the new MSC Seaview last weekend, Thursday also marked a milestone in cruise industry history at STX France for MSC. The Bellissima was floated out, the steel was cut for the Grandiosa, and the coin ceremony took place for the newly-named Virtuosa.

In addition, MSC inked a deal for a fourth 4,888-guest Meraviglia-plus class ship to be delivered in 2023, and to be powered by LNG. The company also made its first two LNG-powered World Class ships official, signing the contract.

"The three ships together, the Bellissima, Grandiosa and Virtuosa, have a capacity of one million passengers (per year), that is a big thing,” said Onorato, speaking to Cruise Industry News.

According to Onorato, when MSC’s expansion plan is complete in 2027, the 25-ship fleet should be able to carry around 5.3 million cruise guests per year.