One of Europe’s leading cruise lines, MSC Cruises, have just unveiled the latest addition to their fleet: the MSC Bellissima. The port of Southampton, UK played host to the decadent and traditional naming ceremony, where the MSC Bellissima was so dubbed by Hollywood legend Sophia Loren. This officially marks the 14th ship Ms Loren has named for the cruise line.
During the ceremony – which also included a special performance by Andrea Bocelli and Matteo Bocelli – MSC Cruises also announced a new partnership with acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, OBE; a man with two Michelin stars to his name. Guests onboard MSC Bellissima will have the opportunity to try a newly developed dish by chef Blanc, which will appear on the Elegant Dinner menu.
Raymond Blanc commented, “I am truly looking forward to collaborating with MSC Cruises on some exciting projects, including the development of one of my signature dishes for the Elegant Dinner menu. I believe we have a shared passion for the guest experience, and together we will create some truly memorable moments for diners on board.”
Other additions to the new ship include two new – and exclusive – Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, plus the latest in guest-centric technology. MSC Bellissima will also feature 12 dining venues and more than 20 bars and lounges; next-level family experiences with a dedicated family deck area; MSC Yacht Club, offering luxury accommodation spanning three decks, private services and a round-the-clock butler service; plus the longest LED Sky Screen at Sea.
The new ship will also be fitted out with a number of technologies that help to reduce its environmental impact. These include features like an exhaust gas cleaning system for cleaner emissions; an advanced wastewater treatment system; smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and LED lighting and smart systems that will use less energy.
MSC Bellissima’s inaugural season will be spent on a 7-night cruise through the Mediterranean, ahead of spending Winter 2019/2020 in the Emirates, before journeying to Asia in 2020.