Launched on 12 March 1964 and named Columba, the ship was originally built as a car ferry whilst operated between the Western Isles in Scotland.
After 35 years of service as a car ferry, the ship underwent a major refurbishment in 1989, emerging as the cruise ship Hebridean Princess.
The latest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet and the cruise line’s new flagship, MSC Bellissima, was officially named in Southampton on 02 March 2019.
MSC Cruises invited guests from across the world, including VIPs, press and media, bloggers and influencers as well as travel agent partners to the star-studded event in Southampton.
The 171,598 gross tonne MSC Bellissima has arrived in Southampton, ahead of the official naming ceremony which will take place on 02 March 2019.
MSC Cruises took delivery of the ship from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 27 February 2019. The ship is equipped with the latest advances in maritime design, state-of-the-art environmental features and cutting-edge customer-centric technology.
MSC Cruises has announced that superstar tenor, Andrea Bocelli will be performing at the naming ceremony of its newest ship, MSC Bellissima in Southampton.
Bocelli will perform alongside his son Matteo during the traditional Officers’ Parade at the ceremony, which will take place in Southampton, shore side next to the ship in a custom-built marquee at City Cruise Terminal on 02 March 2019.
With just over one month until MSC Bellissima is named in Southampton, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, MSC Cruises, has revealed more details about the three days of celebrations that will launch the cruise line’s new flagship.
Hosting the Naming Ceremony proceedings on the 02 March 2019 March in Southampton, will be English TV presenter and star of ITV, Holly Willoughby. She is best known for her current presenting roles on ‘This Morning’ (ITV), ‘Dancing on Ice’ (ITV) and ‘Celebrity Juice’ (ITV2). She recently joined Dec in jungle for a once in a lifetime opportunity co-hosting last year’s 'I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’.
Attention all Shipping at 00.00hrs July 5, 2019: The iconic names broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s British Isles Shipping Forecast will ring out on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Discovery with eight suites named after the areas Bailey, Fair Isle, FitzRoy, Hebrides, Humber, Lundy, Thames and Trafalgar.
A nod to Saga Cruises’ heritage also sees the ship’s four top suites honour inspiring names including company founder Sidney de Haan OBE. Mr de Hann (1919-2002) built the company from a small hotel in Folkestone in 1951 to become the best-known UK company for the over-50s.
Cunard has introduced a new dining concept across its fleet of three ships. The new concept, ‘Steakhouse at the Verandah’ was trialed aboard the company’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 but has now been introduced on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The ships’ teams of chefs have curated a menu which takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic, showcasing Prime USDA grain finished New York Strip steak, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab, as well as dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass fed dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. The new menu also features offerings from other destinations further away such as renowned Wagyu Beef from Australia also feature.
MSC Bellissima has set sail from the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France on her first set of sea trials.
The ship left the shipyard on the morning on 19 December 2018. The ship will return to the shipyard later this month before setting sail on further sea trials in 2019 ahead of its delivery.
The 100 day countdown to the launch of MSC Bellissima began with the new MSC Cruises flagship to be named in Southampton, UK on 02 March 2019.
With a maximum capacity of 5,686 guests and gross tonnage of 171,598, MSC Bellissima will be the biggest ship to be named in Southampton and will certainly live up to her name meaning “most beautiful” by offering guests a beautiful and memorable cruise experience.
Not one but two cruise ships are to take shelter at the Port of Poole in Dorset as Storm Bronagh moves towards the United Kingdom.
The storm will develop across Wales and south-west England during the late hours of 20 September 2018, before moving eastwards during the 21 September, bringing gusts of wind up to 65mph in places.