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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 

Chantiers de l’Atlantique has announced that ‘MSC Bellissima’, which it delivered to MSC Cruises on 27 February, has now departed on her maiden voyage.

MSC Bellissima is one of four Meraviglia class ships destined for the MSC fleet. At the same time that MSC Bellissima was handed over, the Saint-Nazaire yard held the coin ceremony to mark the start of construction of the fourth, MSC Virtuosa.

Laurent Castaing, GM Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “This new outstanding ship is another evidence of the quality of the long-term partnership we have established between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique during these last twenty years. We bring each time all our expertise and innovation capability to deserve the confidence of our customers: this is a real success story for our two companies.”

As other ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet, MSC Bellissima pushes the boundaries of ship building and design. Bearing testament to the company’s commitment to protect the environment, she has been equipped with some of the latest environmental technologies available. These include, amongst others, a cutting-edge exhaust gas cleaning system, an advanced wastewater treatment plant, systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, a ballast water treatment system, and various energy-saving improvements from heat recovery systems to LED lighting. A further innovation is a new passenger information system, named Zoe, in each cabin.

As part of MSC Cruises’ new builds 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 315m, she has been designed to be able to access most of the world’s cruise ports.

MSC Bellissima set sail to Southampton, UK, where her naming ceremony was held on 2 March before departure on her maiden voyage to Genoa, Italy, where she will spend her inaugural season, offering Western Mediterranean cruises.

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