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Sophia Loren launches super cruise liner MSC Meraviglia

MeravigliaCinema super star Sophia Loren officially launched MSC Cruises’ new super cruiser at Le Havre port late last week. French comedian Gad Elmaleh was MC for the naming ceremony in the French port and invited MSC boss Pierfrancesco Vago on stage first.

Vago thanked the staff at St Nazaire shipyard and all others concerned with getting the MSC Meraviglia from the drawing board to launch. Once the speeches were completed, French music band Kids United and Patrick Bruel were among the acts who provided exciting live entertainment for the audience.

It was then the turn of Sophia Loren to grace the stage and she did not disappoint. The actor arrived in a luxury limo and was wearing a jewel-studded, flowing gown. Loren used gold scissors to cut the ribbon which smashed the traditional champagne bottle against the Meraviglia and named her for posterity.

The Meraviglia can accommodate 5,714 passengers and is the thirteenth member of MSC Cruises’ fleet. Although the vessel is currently the largest in the fleet, Pierfrancesco Vago explained MSC planned to commission four World Class 200,000 ton cruise liners at St Nazaire.

Meraviglia will be deployed on Mediterranean Sea cruises this year before shifting to Northern Europe next year. The Meraviglia will be heading across the Atlantic in 2019 where she will be Miami based alongside sister-ships the MSC Seaside and the MSC Divina.

The Meraviglia is all set to give passengers superior cruising experiences. Pools, world-class sports amenities, 12 dining venues and choreographed live Cirque du Soleil shows plus opulent cabins are sure to thrill. Dining options include the likes of Italian, Japanese sushi, the Butchers’ Cut and Mediterranean delights.



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