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.
Hosting the naming ceremony will be TV presenter and author Holly Willoughby. The ship’s Godmother, Italian screen legend, Sophia Loren, together with assistance from the ship’s Captain will cut the ribbon to officially naming the new ship.
Guest at the naming ceremony will be treated to performances from Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli as well as a brand new show from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. Other performances throughout the weekend of celebrations will include Southampton-born Craig David, Leee John of Imagination and Nile Rodgers and his band Chic.
MSC Bellissima will offer guests an extensive array of features which rival those of her sister MSC Meraviglia. The new MSC for Me technology connects guests with each other, the crew and the ship itself. Furthermore, guests will experience the world’s first digital cruise assistant, Zoe, a voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence device fitted in every cabin. The most impressive feature of the ship is the two-deck inside promenade, which features truly a spectacular 80-metre-long LED dome.
The ship will depart Southampton on her maiden voyage on 04 March to Genoa, Italy, where she will spend her inaugural season, offering Western Mediterranean cruises. In November 2019, she will reposition to the Gulf, providing weekly sailings out of Dubai. In spring 2020 she will be deployed to Asia.