Explore fleet and environment technology advances

At MSC Cruises, we’re constantly developing our fleet by utilizing the latest environmental technologies. To take our ongoing commitment to sustainability to the next level, we’re laying out new and exciting fleet expansion plans with long-term partner Chantiers de l’Antique. Earlier this year, we signed two firm contracts for the construction of our third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) decreases sulphur emissions and particulate matter by 99% compared to standard marine fuel, so these new ships represent a significant stepping-stone on our sustainability journey.

Furthermore, we’re extending our partnership with Chantiers de l’Antique to develop a completely new prototype class of LNG-powered cruise ship, with a real focus on developing emerging environmental technologies in line with the International Maritime Organization’s vision to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030.

The last of the three projects is a prototype that explores what wind power and other technologies could offer to cruising in the future.

We’re incredibly excited to kick these projects off and get working on championing environmental sustainability. We’re putting our money where our mouth is, as our total investment across the three projects is in excess of EUR 6.5 billion.

Our new plans follow us becoming the first major cruise line to achieve carbon neutral fleet operations. With the launch of MSC Grandiosa from Hamburg, in November 2019, and the planned launch of MSC Virtuosa, in November of this year, we’re already committing to our low carbon future, with both ships equipped with the latest technologies to reduce CO2-emissions. As stewards of the sea, these ships mark only the beginning of our exciting environmental investment and fleet expansion plans for 2030.