MSC Cruises has taken delivery of MSC Grandiosa which is the first Meraviglia-Plus class vessel and the largest in the fleet so far.
MSC Grandiosa Delivered
The cruise line has taken delivery of its largest and most environmentally friendly cruise ship to date. A ceremony was held today at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France to handover the new flagship.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said:
“MSC Cruises has since its inception embraced a commitment to environmental stewardship and ways to minimise and continuously reduce our environmental footprint both at sea and ashore with the use of innovative, leading-edge and effective technologies across our entire fleet. With each new ship we raise the bar of environmental performance and our ultimate goal is zero emissions operations. MSC Grandiosa moves us another significant step forward in that genuine ambition.
MSC Grandiosa is the first of three Meraviglia-plus class vessels with MSC Virtuosa being the second in the class arriving in 2020. The third which is yet to named will enter service in 2023.
The ship will now depart the shipyard in France and will arrive in Hamburg, Germany on November 6. The celebrations begin with her arrival in port and for four days the celebrations will continue. The big night will be on November 9 when the christening ceremony takes place onboard. And as always, Sophie Loren will become the ship’s godmother with proceedings being hosted by Michelle Hunziker.
MSC Grandiosa will arrive in Southampton, UK for the very first time on November 12 and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills will be on hand pumping out the music to welcome guests aboard the new flagship.
The new ship is 181,000 gross tons with a guest capacity of 4,842 along with 1,704 crew members. She has 2,421 cabins and is 1,087 feet long making her one of the largest in the world. The ship will sail a range of cruises in the Meditteranean after a series of sailings out of Hamburg.
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