MSC Cruises has revealed that MSC Bellissima will be christened in next year Southampton on March 2, making it the largest ship ever to be christened in the UK.

The event is to be attended by more than 2,000 guests, including VIPs and important British stakeholders and then the ship will then remain in the city for three days giving the opportunity for more than 3,000 UK & Irish travel partners and guests to see and experience the latest addition to the line’s fleet.

Gianni Onorato, the company’s CEO, said: “The crowning moment of the launch of any new ship is her Christening, a traditional maritime ceremony that holds great importance for us. For each new ship, we carefully select a country and a port to host the Christening. We have chosen to host the Christening of MSC Bellissima in Southampton as a demonstration of our continued commitment to growth in the UK and Ireland. This is a truly beautiful ship, worthy of the name Bellissima and this Christening will be a truly beautiful moment for MSC Cruises and the UK.

” The ship will become the line’s fourth mega-ship to come into service in less than three years since 2017 and is part of a 12 new ship, ten-year 10.5 billion Euro investment program.

Antonio Paradiso, managing director of the cruise line for the UK & Ireland, added: “MSC Cruises is going from strength to strength in the UK and Ireland, and the fact that such a high profile event is being held here is a signal of the importance of the UK and Ireland to us. This is an opportunity for us to thank our travel agents for helping us expand our distribution and reach new audiences. During the three-day Christening celebrations we will have the opportunity to showcase our new and innovative ship whilst the inaugural voyage from Southampton to Genoa will allow our UK guests the opportunity to be the first to sail on this beautiful ship.”

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