The newbuild, the 12th introduced by the cruise line, represents the next step in increasing the presence of MSC Cruises in the North American cruise market.
Three weeks ago the 153,316 GT Seaside, the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, was delivered to her owner and sailed on her inaugural transatlantic crossing.
The star-studded festivities began at PortMiami with “blue carpet” arrival for guests, which included local officials, renowned performers, press and travel partner communities.
The evening was hosted by TV personality Mario Lopez, and included ribbon-cutting and champagne naming by Italian actress Sophia Loren.
Topped off with fireworks illuminating Miami skyline, there were musical performances by world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by Latin superstar Ricky Martin and Haitian children’s chorus.