The ceremony marked the beginning of the final phase of construction of the 5,714-guest MSC Meraviglia, as the newest mega cruise ship which is set to be the largest afloat, was moved to wet dock ahead of her launch in June 2017.
Additional features were also revealed of what travelers can expect onboard MSC Meraviglia, such as:
- 2,244 cabins in 14 types, 75% with private balconies;
- 20 bars and lounges; 12 dining options, including Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse); chocolate "atelier" and creperie by renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury; buffet restaurant (open 20 hours a day); Kaito Sushi & Kaito Teppanyaki;
- 4 swimming pools (including a 25-metre Atmosphere pool, 10-metre indoor Bamboo pool, Horizon pool at the back of ship);
- dedicated Aqua Park, featuring Champagne Bowl high-speed water slide & Himalayan Bridge, that spans the width of ship's deck;
- 12 weekly Cirque du Soleil shows in Carousel Lounge, accommodating 120 passengers for dinner, plus additional 290 seated guests for drinks;
- 985-seat Broadway Theatre; 1,100-sq.metre Balinese spa.
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, said:
"MSC Bellissima is a name that embodies the beauty and the magnificence of this entire next generation of MSC Cruises ultramodern mega-ships, so rich with new features and amenities for guests of all ages and interests.
"We are so pleased to be able to make this announcement on the very day that her sister ship, MSC Meraviglia, is touched for the first time by water, a moment that symbolises the real 'birth' of a ship."