MSC Cruises’ 167,600 gross tonne MSC Meraviglia made its maiden call into Southampton on 26 April 2018 during a repositing cruise from Genova, Italy to Hamburg, Germany.
The 5,714-passenger ship was launched in June 2017 and is currently the largest cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and one of the largest ever to visit Southampton.
MSC Meraviglia features a host of innovative amenities including 12 disinct dining venues, 20 bars and lounges, a 985-seat broadway style theatre, a full size bowling alley, F1 Simulator, 3 waterslides, numerous shopping botiques, a 1,100 sq metre spa, fitness centre and countless other facitlies.
A second Meraviglia-Class ship, MSC Bellissima is expected to launch in 2019. The new ship will be chistened in Southampton on 02 March 2019. It will be the largest cruise ship ever to be chisten in the United Kingdom.
MSC Cruises will invite 2,000 guests to the christening in Southampton. MSC Bellissima will stay in Southampton for three days, allowing for around 3,000 travel agents and members of the press to sample the new ship before departing on its maiden voyage to Genoa.
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