MSC Cruises confirms construction of a new “Fantasia class” cruise ship at STX Europe in St. Nazaire France, yard number U32, will be named MSC FANTASTICA. The 3,274-passenger vessel will be the 12th ship in MSC’s fleet, and according to MSC, “will build upon the success of the ‘Fantasia’ prototype, offering a unique experience for guests…thanks to innovative features such as the MSC Yacht Club, the exclusive ship-within-a-ship…for unprecedented levels of privacy and personalized service.” Delivery is expected in 2012.
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.