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MSC Cuts Steel For First Meraviglia Plus Class Ship

Thursday 16th November 2017, 11:27am

MSC Cruises’ latest ship, which will be the first in the line’s Meraviglia Plus Class has been announced as ‘MSC Grandiosa.’

The cruise line revealed the name at the ship’s steel cutting ceremony, which was held on Wednesday at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, this ceremony heralds the beginning of the ship’s construction officially.

If that wasn’t enough the cruise line also held the coin ceremony and keel laying for another of their new ships, MSC Bellissima, which is also being built at STX France. The traditional ceremony took place immediately after Grandiosa’s steel cutting.

MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, commented: “Today we are celebrating a truly unique moment, as it is the first time that key shipbuilding milestones for two different ships are celebrated on the same day. This is testimony to the strength and ambition of our investment plan.”

“The Meraviglia generation of ships is already setting a new standard for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new prototypes that we have designed to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level. MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship.”

Mr Vago continued: “Additionally, with MSC Grandiosa we also continue to innovate in product. Just as MSC Cruises “democratised” the luxury cruise experience when we were the first cruise brand to introduce a ship-in-ship luxury concept – the MSC Yacht Club, we are now doing the same for art and culture with the very first fine art museum at sea. Similarly,” he continued, “MSC Grandiosa will be the third of only four MSC Cruises ships to exclusively feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, hosted in the uniquely complex, custom-built Carousel Lounge.”

Another key highlight on board both MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa will be Cirque du Soleil at Sea.  The long-term exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil is setting new standards in live entertainment at sea and will see the world’s leader in artistic entertainment create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships.

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