This is what a R2bn cruise ship upgrade entails

2019-09-18 14:51
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MSC Magnifica is going for a makeover - a R2 billion makeover.

The nine-year-old cruise ship will be getting some work done for the mid-2021 cruise season, which involves making it 23 metres longer and adding 7 000 square metres space. 

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An extra 215 cabins will be added, an additional 800 square metres of sundeck, a new water park, a redesigned kids area, plus additional features such as two new restaurants and a new shopping area.

Not only will the ship be looking good, but it will get a green upgrade - after renovations it will have a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system that are at the cutting edge of environmentally sustainable technology.

SCR technology helps to reduce nitrogen oxide into pure nitrogen and water through advanced active emissions control technology. The advanced wastewater treatment system onboard purifies used wastewater to near tap-water quality. The system meets the so-called ‘Baltic Standard’ and treats the wastewater to a higher standard than most waste standards in cities around the world.

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The ship will also be able to plug into a local power grid when it's docked, giving juice to certain systems which will reduce overall emissions.

To celebrate its brand new look, MSC Magnifica will be embarking on new itineraries starting from Southampton, UK, in mid-2021 through Northern Europe, the Baltic capitals, Canary Islands, Madeira and the Mediterranean. Ticket sales are already open. 

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Compiled by Gabi Zietsman

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