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March 15, 2006

MSC orders third Musica-class ship

MSC Cruises has confirmed an order at Chantiers de l'Atlantique for the construction of a 1,275 cabin cruise ship.

It will be of the same class as the MSC Musica, scheduled for delivery from Chantiers de l'Atlantique in June, and MSC Orchestra, scheduled for delivery next year. Like the two predecessors, this ship will be 294 m long and just over 32 m wide, and complies with the Panama Canal standard.

Delivery of the ship is planned for 2008.

The contract will enter into force once the financing arrangements have been put in place by MSC. It includes an option for a sistership.

MSC currently operates four cruise ships built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique.

The Saint-Nazaire yard is presently completing the construction of MSC Musica and the orderbook also includes the MSC Orchestra and two 1,650 cabin ships--MSC Fantasia (delivery 2008) and MSC Serenata (delivery 2009).

By 2009, MSC Cruises' fleet will include nine modern cruise ships, all built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique. .

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