MSC Cruises Welcomes Latest Addition
MSC Cruises has welcomed the latest addition to its fleet of modern cruise ships with an elaborate ceremony in Marseille celebrating the company’s Mediterranean heritage. The 139,000-GRT MSC Divina was christened last night by Italian screen legend and longtime MSC Cruises godmother Sophia Loren, amidst a gala extravaganza planned to reflect the colours, scents, history and culture of the region.
Aerial displays from the Captens Aerobatic Display Team and the Breitling Jet Team opened the celebrations, followed by a performance from local folk group La Poulido de Gemo. Critically-acclaimed Italian singer, pianist and composer Paolo Conte mesmerized the audience with a resonant performance and MSC Cruises also showcased a dynamic 8-minute medley of the theatrical entertainment onboard MSC Divina. The event culminated with the traditional floodlit naming ceremony and officers’ parade to a crescendo of champagne, confetti and sparkling fountains.
As the most advanced of the line’s trio of Fantasia-class cruise ships, MSC Divina features a range of innovative new features. Amongst her 1,751 cabins and suites is the Sophia Loren Suite, a space designed by and dedicated to Sophia Loren that evokes a luxury apartment-meets-Hollywood feel, while the exclusive MSC Yacht Club has been enlarged and redesigned. She also boasts an infinity pool with a beach zone at the aft deck, a state-of-the-art 1,600-seat Phaeton Theatre and the MSC Aurea Spa, as well as a total redesign of the decks and public spaces to offer guests the highest space ratio per passenger.
MSC Divina will depart Marseille today for Venice on her maiden voyage. She will cruise the Mediterranean until 27 October 2012 on 7-night roundtrip sailings from the Italian city, visiting Bari, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Izmir and Katakolon. MSC Cruises has also committed the ship to operate in the Caribbean, cruising from Miami during the 2013/2014 season.
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