How do you stretch a cruise ship? Simple – cut it in two and stick a new bit in the middle
New block on the skids: The new section, dwarfing workers on the quayside, is slotted into place on MSC Armonia (Picture: MSC Cruises)
Building a cruise ship is a complicated and expensive business so, if you want to carry more passengers, why not stretch an old one?
That’s what Italian line MSC Cruises decided to do with its smallest ship Armonia.
Over several days last week, the 60,000-ton vessel was cut in two and a new 79ft-long, nine-deck-high section containing 193 extra cabins was slowly slotted into place.
Half measures: The two ends are pulled apart before the new section is inserted (Picture: MSC Cruises)
The work that took place in the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, increases the ship’s length to 902ft – longer than the main Canary Wharf tower in London is high – and makes space for a total of 2,679 passengers.
The upgrade will take nine weeks…
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