MSC Bellissima will be named in Southampton on the first weekend of March with the likes of Holly Willoughby, Nile Rodgers and DJ Craig David making an appearance.
Academy award-winning actress Sophia Loren will perform the traditional ribbon-cutting for the ship claimed to be the largest ever launched in the UK port.
More than 3,500 travel agents from the UK and Ireland have been invited on board Bellissima in what will be the company’s largest trade event- a very exciting time for MSC Cruises.
The Dancing on Ice and This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby will host the naming ceremony on March 2nd followed by live music in the evening which will come from three-time Grammy award-winner Nile Rodgers and his band Chic.
Guests will also be treated to an exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea performance during the ceremony on the pier as a taster of two new shows to be showcased on the ship.
The entertainment will continue into the evening back on board the ship with a gala dinner followed by live music from platinum-selling UK singer Leee John.
The following day will continue the celebrations as agents join the ship in Southampton for a day of activities and entertainment.
The highlight of the evening will be a performance from Southampton-born Craig David.
MSC Bellissima will depart Southampton on March 4th for its ten-night inaugural cruise to Genoa.
The new vessel will then run seven-night cruises in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille from March 17th.
MSC Cruises UK and Ireland managing director Antonio Paradiso said: “I am so proud to be hosting the Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima in Southampton and to have the opportunity to showcase our newest ship to so many of our travel agent partners, media outlets, valued guests and future cruisers.
We are having our most successful Wave season ever and these celebrations will allow us to thank all of our existing agents, as well as showcasing our newest ship and onboard offering to potential new partners.
MSC Cruises is on a fantastic journey in the UK and Ireland, and the growth, and development we have seen in the last five years has been remarkable.
The MSC Bellissima launch celebrations are the next step in this journey that promises, with the continued support of our travel agents to exceed all our expectation.”
The new MSC ship will boast a big variety of exciting features for guests, including:
-Two new Cirque du Soleil shows designed exclusively for guests onboard
-The first ship in the fleet to launch Amazon Alexa-style virtual assistants in every cabin as a “cruise-industry first”
-Marketplace Buffet with panoramic sea views
-Formula 1 simulator, Sports Bar, TV studio & bar
-The Amazon waterpark
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