One of the world's biggest cruise ship sailed closer to wining, dining and entertaining passengers on Friday, when the Swiss-owned MSC Meraviglia was floated out to sea in a 12-hour operation.
With space to welcome 5,714 guests aboard, the Meraviglia will be one of the largest cruise ships afloat once it sets sail in June 2017. Royal Caribbean's gargantuan Harmony of the Seas currently holds the title of the world's largest cruise ship, with the capacity to hold more than 6700 passengers total.
Bookings on the Meraviglia already open for a 7-night Mediterranean cruise setting off from Marseille in the first week of the ship's working life. The most modest interior rooms are priced at £699 ($929) for the week, while luxuriating in a Yacht Club room will burn at least a £1,699-sized hole in your wallet.
The Royal Suite is the most extravagant of the Yacht Club rooms, featuring a 700-square foot main room and a 430-square foot balcony pimped-up with a private whirlpool bath and dinner party-sized table. Being in the prime Yacht Club area of the ship means the suite also offers a concierge service, a 24-hour butler and exclusive restaurants, bars and sunbathing space closed off to other passengers.
The vessel is part of MSC's ambitious $10.2 billion investment program and is the first to launch of 11 ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026. It was constructed in the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire and is now in its final waterborne construction phase.