MSC has announced a bold new plan to produce ships that will rival operators like Royal Caribbean.

It has signed contracts and produced designers for two 200,000 GRT, LNG-powered mega cruise ships – with a fresh take on how to use the bows of the vessels.

The MSC Cruises’ World Class ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2024, with an option for two more. They will be equipped with a completely new generation of LNG-powered engines as well as a new generation waste water treatment system.

They will have 2,760 cabins and a maximum occupancy of 6,850 guests, the highest passenger capacity in the global cruise fleet.

The World Class’ futuristic “Y” shape structure will enable panoramic sea views and increase the proportion of balcony cabins. The ships’ G bow (vertically positioned at a 90 degree angle) has been designed to improve stability, hydrodynamics as well as to enhance guest comfort.

Other guest-centric innovations include family-friendly villages, a panoramic aft, and a glass pool lounge.

Meanwhile the MSC Meraviglia’s christening, featuring eternal MSC Godmother Sophia Loren, will be tomorrow morning at 4.45am. You can see it here.