LONDON-A new cruise ship is heading our way, built to host more passengers than ever before.

MSC Cruises announced plans for its new World Class ships - which will carry a maximum of 6,850 guests and boast 2,760 cabins - at a ceremony in France’s Saint-Nazaire last week, with an artist’s rendering of the ship showing that she’ll be quite a sight to behold.

The 200,000–ton vessels, the first of which will be delivered in 2022, will have room for 70 more passengers than the current record-holder, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, which has a capacity of 6,780.

he World Class’ futuristic ‘Y’ shape structure will enable sweeping panoramic sea views, according to its manufacturers, SFX France, as well as increase the proportion of balcony cabins. Described by MSC as being the world’s ‘most modern and technologically advanced cruise ships’, their bows have been designed to further improve stability and hydrodynamics.

More than 1,080 feet in length, the ship’s other guest-centric innovations include family-friendly ‘villages’, a panoramic aft deck, and a glass pool lounge.

There are plans for four ships of this size to be delivered between 2022 and 2026.  A CGI image of what the ships will look like was unveiled at an event attended by French president Emmanuel Macron and minister of the economy Bruno Le Maire. Further details of the gargantuan ship are being kept under wraps for now.

Last week also saw President Macron wave MSC’s newest ship off, the Meraviglia - Europe’s biggest cruise ship. The MSC Meraviglia crept out of its dock in Saint-Nazaire for its first voyage with hundreds of bystanders out to watch. Measuring 1,033 feet long and 213 feet tall the enormous boat - which cost an estimated $1billion (€892million) to build - has room for 5,714 passengers over its 19 decks.

MSC Meraviglia sails its first passenger cruise this week, which includes calls to Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa.