MSC’s Floats Out 1st Meraviglia Ship – And Names The 2nd
MSC Cruises has revealed the name of its 2nd STX France-built Meraviglia-generation mega cruise ship. She will be called MSC Bellissima and will come into service in spring 2019.
“MSC Bellissima is a name that embodies the beauty and the magnificence of this entire next generation of MSC Cruises’ ultramodern mega-ships, so rich with new features and amenities for guests of all ages and interests,” said MSC CEO Gianni Onorato.“We are so pleased to be able to make this announcement on the very day that her sister ship MSC Meraviglia is touched for the 1st time by water, a moment that symbolizes the real ‘birth’ of a ship.”
The float-out ceremony was held at STX France’s shipyard in Saint Nazaire. MSC Meraviglia will come into service next June.
“Since we opened sales last year for MSC Meraviglia’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean, from the very beginning demand has been extremely encouraging,”said Onorato. “This makes us believe that this is a generation of ships with a bright future ahead, that has already caught the attention of vacationers from all markets.”
The float out is a key milestone in the construction of a ship: the dry dock is flooded, the ship is moved to a wet dock, where she then enters the final phase of her construction.