The First Panel For MSC Magnifica

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Sept. 27, 2007) –Construction of the new MSC Cruises ships is well underway at the Aker Yards in St. Nazaire, France.

After the first steel cutting of MSC Magnifica, the technical float out of MSC Poesia and the transfer of the berth for MSC Fantasia, which took place Aug. 30-Sept. 1, it was time for MSC Magnifica’s first panel to be built at the historic yards by the Atlantic.

The first panel was laid Sept. 17. Weighing 135 tons, this panel is 48 feet long, 46 feet wide and 5 feet tall.

MSC Magnifica will be the fourth sister ship in the Musica class and the twelfth stylish wonder in the MSC Cruises fleet. Standing at 964 feet in length, 164 feet in height and 104 feet wide, MSC Magnifica will have 1,275 staterooms. 80% of the cabins will be outside staterooms and 65% will have a balcony. There will be 236,000 square feet of public space including the pool area, 16,000 square feet for the Aqua Spa well-being center, restaurants, play areas for children with different themes, a theater – all exciting facilities that combine to create an unforgettable cruise.

Four ships – including MSC Magnifica – are currently being built for the MSC Cruises fleet at Aker Yards in St.Nazaire. MSC Poesia, the third ship in the Musica class, will be delivered in April 2008, followed by MSC Fantasia and her sister ship MSC Splendida, two of the biggest ships ever built for a European ship owner. These will be delivered in November 2008 and June 2009, respectively. These two ships will be the most magnificent ships in the world of MSC Cruises and will introduce a new concept of cruise ships – a new era for vacations on the sea.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.