Cruise MSC confirms $1.7B order for Meraviglia Plus ships By Tom Stieghorst / February 01, 2016 Share 1 A rendering of the pool deck on MSC Cruises' Meraviglia Plus ship. -- MSC Cruises said it has converted options into firm orders for two ships scheduled for delivery in October 2019 and December 2020.The ships, valued by MSC at $1.7 billion, will be longer and bigger versions of the Meraviglia-class ship, which is scheduled to begin with the 167,600-gross-ton MSC Meraviglia in 2017.A second Meraviglia-class ship is due in 2019. They are both rated for 4,500 passengers at double occupancy.The third and fourth ships, dubbed Meraviglia Plus, will carry 4,888 passengers at double occupancy. MSC said it will build a fine-arts gallery into the ships. MSC said the 1,085-foot-long vessels "will be the largest ships at sea able to call at any port, thus maximizing guests’ choices of itineraries and destinations."All four ships will be built at the STX shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. MSC said it will christen the MSC Meraviglia nearby in Le Havre, France.Privately held MSC also released a glimpse into its finances at a press conference following a shipyard construction ceremony in Saint Nazaire. CEO Gianni Onorato said 2015 sales were 10% ahead of 2014. He forecasted that the company will have a 6% sales increase in 2016.