MSC Cruises will christen its largest cruise ship to date, MSC Grandiosa. The ceremony is taking place in Hamburg, Germany.
MSC Gradiosa Christening Ceremony
The new vessel which is the largest ever constructed for the cruise line so far is having her naming ceremony in the city of Hamburg, Germany today. In fact, it’s the final day of celebrations as MSC Gradiosa first arrived in the city on November 6 which is when the festivities first kicked off.
On November 9 is the official christening ceremony which is being held onboard and with godmother Sophie Loren. The ceremony will take place in locations across the ship and hosted by actress and TV presenter Michelle Hunziker along with co-host Jochen Schropp.
The moment of the evening will be when the new MSC flagship passes the Elbphilharmonie just as a special light show illuminates the building and ship.
The vessel will take center stage on the River Elbe as the godmother official names her 15th MSC cruise ship. Following the naming will be a spectacular fireworks display before returning to her dock.
Here are some handy MSC Grandiosa specifications:
- Ship name: MSC Grandiosa
- Ship class: Meraviglia-Plus
- Delivery date: October 31, 2019
- Gross tonnage: 181,000
- Lower berth capacity: 4,842
- Total number of passengers: 6,334
- Crew members: 1,704
- Number of staterooms: 2,421
- Length / Beam / Height: 1,087 ft. / 141 ft. / 213 ft.
- Maximum speed: 22.3 knots
Onboard the celebrations will continue with a live music performance by German DJ Mousse T and UK singer Emma Lanford at the ship’s iconic 305-ft.-long Mediterranean promenade.
There will also be a four-course meal created by renowned 3 Michelin starred German chef Harald Wohlfahrt at the Gala Dinner.
MSC Grandiosa will begin regular 7-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean starting November 23 with six embarkation ports calling Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France.
MSC Cruises will be releasing new images from the event today and we’ll update the post with all of the latest.
Photo Credit: Ivan Sarfatti