MSC Seaview is to be named this evening in a glittering ceremony overseen by Godmother, Sophia Loren
The christening ceremony will be hosted by star of Italian TV, Swiss-born Michelle Hunziker who will welcome to the stage ‘father of Italian blues’ Zucchero Fornaciari. TV star Lorella Cuccarini will host a special moment on stage and Italian children’s choir Piccolo Coro Dell’Antoniano will perform as the UNICEF ambassadors, to acknowledge the important partnership that seeks to improve the lives of children and their families in developing countries and those affected by crises. Also taking to the stage will be young talent of belcanto, Matteo Bocelli, son of the world-famous Andrea Bocelli who sang at the christening of MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview’s sister ship in Miami last December. Matteo Bocelli will sing during the Officers’ Parade, an important tradition to honour the crew from the ship.
Finishing off the traditional proceedings will be Godmother Sophia Loren as she cuts the ribbon to launch the bottle of champagne to name the 13th MSC Cruises ship.
MSC Seaview will sail in the Mediterranean for its inaugural summer season and in South America for the winter season.
“MSC Seaview will bring yet another new distinctively innovative MSC Cruises product to the market as she boasts cutting edge design, and features the latest marine and environmental technology.” Said MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago.
He continued, “The Seaside class is yet another brand new, highly-innovative prototype that we introduce – the 5th to date, since we entered the cruising industry only 15 years ago. Moreover, I am proud to say, together with her sister ship MSC Seaside, it is the biggest ship ever built in Italy.”
“These are very exciting times for us, and we are already merely nine months away of the completion of our next ship, MSC Bellissima – the first of two Meraviglia class ships that will come into service over a six-month period next year.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: “We will remember MSC Seaview, without doubt, as an authentic undertaking. Just six months ago, in fact, we celebrated in this same yard the delivery of the largest ship ever built in Italy, MSC Seaside, a revolutionary prototype. Today we are repeating this success with her sister ship. This is an amazing performance, that we are extremely proud of, carried out thanks to the technical and managerial skills, which made us great and acknowledged as such in the world and which allows us to look to the future with renewed confidence.”
During the delivery ceremony, which pays tribute to an important maritime tradition, Roberto Olivari, Fincantieri’s shipyard director, handed over to Pier Paolo Scala, Master of MSC Seaview, an ampoule (a small sealed glass capsule) holding the first water that touched the hull when the ship was floated out last year.
The newest addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet will commence her inaugural cruise on 10 June 2018.