The construction of MSC Fantasia is making rapid progress at Aker Yards in Saint-Nazaire, France, in anticipation of her Dec. 18, 2008 christening in Naples, Italy.

MSC Fantasia will be MSC Cruises’ first ship to offer an exclusive VIP area that will truly be a paradise within a paradise.

Called MSC Yacht Club, it will consist of 99 spacious suites (up to 700 square feet), plus a bar, solarium, 2 Jacuzzis, a pool with sky dome, as well as offer guests their own concierge. At the front of the Observation Lounge there will be large glass windows that will allow guests to make the most of the amazing views.

The Observation Lounge will also include relaxation areas, a Wi-Fi zone and a library with books in several languages. A honey-colored onyx marble exhibition table will provide guests the perfect place to enjoy their daily breakfast. Numerous screens will keep guests informed of the ship’s route, weather conditions and the visible constellations while at sea.

LUXURY – For the first time on board a ship, guests will be able to walk on a Swarovski floor. Even the stairs connecting the deck between the MSC Yacht Club Concierge area and Deck 16 will have steps made from Swarovski crystal, which will be illuminated by LED lights. The flooring of the stairs will be a mosaic of black Saint Laurent and yellow Siena marble and the transparent ceiling will allow guests to enjoy the star-studded sky.