Antarc­tic dream­ing

Cruise Passenger - - PUBLISHER’S LETTER - Msc­

The Antarc­tic Penin­sula is more ac­ces­si­ble than ever with cruise-in, fly-out itin­er­ar­ies.

■ MSC Cruises has an­nounced a bold plan to pro­duce ships that will ri­val op­er­a­tors such as Royal Caribbean. The new World Class ships will carry up to 6,850 guests, the high­est pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity in the global cruise fleet, and will be equipped with a new gen­er­a­tion of LNG-pow­ered en­gines as well as a new waste-wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem. Two ships will be de­liv­ered in 2022 and 2024, with an op­tion for two more. A fu­tur­is­tic Y-shaped struc­ture will en­able panoramic sea views and in­crease the pro­por­tion of bal­cony cab­ins, while a new bow has been de­signed to im­prove sta­bil­ity.

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