MSC recently finalized the order for their 12th ship. The vessel was originally to be called the MSC Favolosa. European rivals Costa Cruises will be naming their newest vessel the Costa Favolosa. In a rare (has this even happened before?) event in the industry, MSC will be renaming the MSC Favolosa to the MSC Fantastica.

A lot of cruise lines have been sharing names:

Norwegian Spirit; Carnival Spirit; Seabourn Spirit

Carnival Liberty;Liberty of the Seas

Carnival Freedom;Freedom of the Seas

Norwegian Jewel;Jewel of the Seas

Carnival Magic;Disney Magic

Carnival Fantasy;Disney Fantasy

Norwegian Star;Star Princess…

You get the picture. I could never imagine one of the U.S. lines changing a name so as not to be confusing.

Press release after the break


New Msc Cruises Flagship ConfirmedMsc Fantastica under construction by STX France will be 12th ship in the MSC Cruises fleet

PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 29, 2010 – MSC Cruises and STX France announced today, Friday 23rd of July, the conclusion of the legal process that finalizes the order of MSC Fantastica, a new ‘Fantasia’ class cruise ship (technically called U32), and the 12th in the MSC Cruises fleet.

Following a press conference in St-Nazaire this morning, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the STX France ship yards together with Mr Gianluigi Aponte, President of MSC, Mr Piefrancesco Vago,  MSC Cruises CEO and Mr Hardeley, General Manager of STX France. The official delegation also included Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economic Affairs and Christian Estrosi, Minister of Industry.

The process began on Monday 1st March with the signature of a Letter of Intent but, given the various legal and financial interlocutors involved, took some time to complete.

An important factor in the success of the project was the financial backing provided by French financial institutions, and especially by Coface, the French Export Credit Agency, making it possible for the vessel to be delivered as required by MSC Cruises by the end of spring 2012.

“We are very pleased that this important contract with MSC is now confirmed,” said Jacques Hardelay, General Manager of STX France, “and we look forward to continuing the long-standing relationship between the teams of MSC Cruises and STX France for the successful delivery of this magnificent vessel”.

Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO of MSC Cruises, added: “We are delighted at the confirmation of this important investment, a sign of the success of our ambitious growth strategy, and we would like to thank all those who have made it possible. Together with STX France, we are now keen to focus our energies on further enhancing MSC Cruises’ leading positioning within the world’s cruise industry. MSC Fantastica will build on the success of the ‘Fantasia’ prototype, appreciated by more and more guests as unique its class thanks to innovate features like the MSC Yacht Club, the ship within a ship offering unprecedented levels of privacy and personalized service.”. Fore more details please visit


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