Today (May 19), the first 350-ton block of MSC ARMONIA’s new center section was laid down at a shipyard in Palermo, Sicily. In the next three months, an additional three sections will be built and then inserted when the MSC ARMONIA arrives at the shipyard. The 24-meter extension will add nearly 200 cabins, new entertainment venues and a new spray park with an exhilarating pathway of water fixtures and cannons. The work is scheduled for completion by November 17, 2014, when the ship will head to Genoa to embark on a cruise to the Canary Islands.
MSCs Renaissance program, which was announced in December 2013, represents a $273 million investment for the four ships of the Lirica class (MSC ARMONIA, MSC LIRICA, MSC SINFONIA and MSC OPERA) and will be completed as follows:
·MSC ARMONIA (2001 — ex EUROPEAN VISION): August 31 to November 17, 2014
·MSC SINFONIA (2002 — ex EUROPEAN STARS): January 12 to March 16, 2015
·MSC OPERA (2004): May 2 to July 4, 2015
·MSC LIRICA (2003): August 31 to November 9, 2015
The four Lirica Class ships were all built between 2001 and 2005 at the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France. They are currently 251 meters long, 60,000 tons and carry 2,069 travelers. Following the “Renaissance Program,” the ships will be 275 meters long, 65,000 tons and carry 2,680 travelers, boasting 193 additional cabins (plus 59 new cabins for crew members).
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.