MSC Cruises has taken delivery of MSC Bellissima from Chantiers de l’Atlantique
MSC Cruises has taken delivery of MSC Bellissima from Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
With three Meraviglia-generation ships under simultaneous construction at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the two parties marked a double celebration, with MSC Virtuosa’s coin ceremony.
MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said “Today’s delivery marks another chapter in the story of our partnership with Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Together we have already brought to life 14 highly innovative cruise ships, paving the way for our company’s initial growth. Many more will be built together over the coming years to further deepen the reach of our fleet. Furthermore, MSC Bellissima’s elegance and beauty, as well as focus on the best and latest maritime and environmental technology at sea, bears testament to our restless pursuit for innovation.”
Chantiers de l’Atlantique general manager Laurent Castaing said “This new outstanding ship is further evidence of the quality of the long-term partnership we have established between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique during the last 20 years... this is a real success story for our two companies.”
MSC Bellissima is equipped with some of the latest environmental technologies available. These include a cutting-edge exhaust gas cleaning system, an advanced wastewater treatment plant, systems for preventing oil discharge from machinery spaces, a ballast water treatment system and various energy-saving improvements – from heat recovery systems to LED lighting.
MSC Bellissima is the first MSC Cruises ship to feature Zoe, the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, which has been added to MSC for Me. The voice-enabled virtual personal assistant will be found in every cabin and can answer questions about the cruise.
With today’s delivery, MSC Bellissima has become the fourth ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet in less than two years. As part of MSC Cruises’ newbuild programme, another 13 next-generation cruise ships are due to join its fleet by 2027. These include four world class mega cruise ships capable of welcoming nearly 7,000 guests as well as four smaller ships that will serve the ultra-luxury segment.
MSC Bellissima is the second Meraviglia-class ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet. With a length of just 315 m, it has been designed to access most of the world’s cruise ports.
Earlier in the day, MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique held MSC Virtuosa’s coin ceremony, which takes place at the early stages of construction of a newbuild, when the keel is laid. Due to be delivered in November 2020, it will become the fourth Meraviglia-class ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the second of three Meraviglia-plus ships, a larger version of the Meraviglia prototype with an increased number of cabins, more public space and additional features.