In Saint-Nazaire, ships –yesterday transatlantic liners, now cruise liners– have been built for a century and a half. More than 120 liners were born here, and records are part of this history! Among these giants of the seas, many were the biggest vessels in the world at their time: Normandie in 1935, France in 1962, Queen Mary 2 in 2013. The ships that currently hold every record, Harmony of the Seas, and her sister-ship Symphony of the Seas, have also been built in Saint-Nazaire.
The Italian shipowner MSC Cruises had almost all of its fleet built in Saint-Nazaire and has ordered several new ships. They are about 1,087-feet long and 141-feet wide, accommodating more than 6,300 passengers along with more than 1,70 crew members.
After the four Millenium-class ships in the early 2000s, the American cruise line Celebrity Cruises tasked Chantiers de l’Atlantique with the construction of five of its luxurious and innovative Edge-class cruise ships.