Alstom chosen for cruise ship contract

Alstom announced today that it has been chosen to build two 1,275 cabin cruise-ships, with an option for a third sister-ship, for Mediterranean Shipping Company.

Alstom announced today that it has been chosen to build two 1,275 cabin cruise-ships, with an option for a third sister-ship, for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The ships, designed for cruises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, will be 294 metres long and just over 32 metres wide. The ships will be able to carry up to 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members.

The first ship will be delivered in June 2006 and the second in spring 2007. Alstom Marine has already constructed one 800 cabin cruiseship, MSC Lirica, for MSC and will deliver her sister-ship, MSC Opera by May 2004.