MSC Magnifica – The First Aft Section Is Complete

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Nov. 6, 2007) – The aft section of MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in MSC Cruises’ “Musica” class of ships, has been posed in the dry dock at Aker Yards in St. Nazaire, France.

The aft panel, which is part of the double base of the hull of the ship, has been completely fitted with water pipes, electrical cables, air conditioning tubes and “steam piping” for heating. The panel weighs 126 tons, is 37 feet long and 52 feet wide. Completing the unit involved 10 specialized workers, while five specialized technicians supervised the posing of the section.

MSC Magnifica will be the fourth ship in the “Musica” class and the twelfth wonder of MSC Cruises fleet when it joins the fleet in 2010. It will be 964 feet long, 164 feet high and 105 feet wide. Of the total of 1,275 staterooms, 80% will be outside staterooms; of these, 65% will have a balcony. The ship will also have more than 236,800 square feet of public space, with a pool area, the Aqua Spa well-being center (16,000 square feet), restaurants, a thematic children’s play area, theater and all that is needed to provide guests with a memorable sea cruise.

Three other ships in the MSC fleet are currently under construction at the Aker Yards in St. Nazaire, France – MSC Poesia, the third vessel in the “Musica” class, due to be delivered April 5, 2008, followed by MSC Fantasia (December 2008) and MSC Splendida (June 2009). These last two ships will be 133,500 gross tons each. They are the largest ships to be commissioned by a European ship owner. They will also introduce a new concept of VIP cruising with exclusive areas and a personalized butler service.

A total of eight ships in the MSC Cruises fleet will have been built at the Aker Yards between 2003 and 2010, with three different classes: the 60,000-ton Lirica class, the 90,000-ton Musica class and the 133,500-ton Fantasia class.