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The first delivery of a cruise ship by STX Europe took place in Saint-Nazaire.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, teams of STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire shipyard have delivered to MSC the biggest cruise ship ever commissioned by a European ship-owner. Furthermore this is the first time that a commercial cruise departs from Saint-Nazaire on a vessel built in Saint-Nazaire.

At a 138,000 gross tonnage, MSC Fantasia is taller than the Eiffel tower with 333.33 meter long, 37.92 meter wide and 60 meter tall (16 decks). She includes 1,637 cabins to host a total of 5,284 persons onboard (of which 1,325 crew members). Only 3 years have been necessary since first sketch to give birth to this new 55,000 UMS giant of the seas featuring quantity of technical innovations that further increase cruise passengers' fascination.

Claimed by MSC as the most beautiful ship in the world, MSC Fantasia is also a superb illustration of Saint-Nazaire shipyard's expertise in executing environment solutions. Advanced water treatment (recyling of grey and black water) and energy-saving systems for both electricity and air conditioning by the use of individual detectors, are the major innovations implemented on MSC Fantasia.

"The first delivery of a passenger cruise ship by STX Europe takes place in Saint-Nazaire. Moreover, MSC Fantasia is the biggest cruise ship ever built by our shipyard for a European Ship-owner. This strengthens our team's immense pride and satisfaction for the quality and innovation achieved in the construction of MSC Fantasia." Jacques Hardelay declared.

For further information, please contact:

STX Europe, Cruise & Ferries in France:
Eric Breux, Human Resources and Communication Director
Tel: +33 25 11 04 848 / Mobile: +33 6 62 17 67 09

Antony Ruf, Human Resources & Communication Manager
Tel.: +33 25 11 09 037 / Mobile: +33 6 68 75 39 80

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