More Acts Revealed For Ceremony
The much anticipated launch of MSC Bellissima in Southampton is just hours away. The cruise line’s latest reveal, is that World-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing during the traditional Officers’ Parade. This is an emotional and traditional moment that pays homage to the crew from the ship, recognising their service and dedication. During the ceremony, alongside his son Matteo Bocelli, the pair will perform their best-selling duet Fall on Me from Andrea’s new album Sì.
The Bocelli family have a long standing relationship with MSC Cruises. Andrea Bocelli performed at the christening of MSC Poesia in Dover in 2008 and the Naming Ceremony of MSC Seaside in Miami in 2017. Matteo Bocelli’s performed My Way last year during the Officers’ Parade in Trieste at the launch of MSC Seaview, which I was fortunate to witness myself.
Andrea Bocelli Foundation
MSC Cruises supports the Andrea Bocelli Foundation through guest donations on board MSC Seaside. The funds raised support their valuable work in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world facing exceptional challenges. ABF’s Mobile Clinic project delivers free health care assistance and a prevention programme.
It benefits 8,000 people per year in the 5 poorest and most remote areas of the country. The medical staff provide extensive services. These include medical care, immunization for children, monitoring for malnutrition and screening for the most common systemic diseases, health education and family consultations.
MSC Cruises will host a star studded extravaganza. Hosted by ITV’s Holly Willoughby, there will be some incredible performances including Cirque du Soleil at Sea and Nile Rodgers and his band Chic. Ship’s Godmother, Sophia Loren will officially name MSC Bellissima, followed by the traditional ribbon-cutting.
MSC Bellissima Joins The Family
MSC Cruises took delivery of MSC Bellissima yesterday at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The second Meraviglia Class ship, MSC Bellissima is designed for all seasons, offering plenty of outdoor and indoor public spaces. With a length of just 315 metres, she has been designed to be able to access most of the world’s cruise ports.
Cutting Edge Technology
MSC Bellissima pushes the boundaries of ship building and design, with some of the latest environmental technologies available. These include
- a cutting-edge exhaust gas cleaning system
- an advanced wastewater treatment plant
- systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces
- a ballast water treatment system
- various energy-saving improvements – from heat recovery systems to LED lighting
She is also fitted with cutting edge guest technology, and is the first MSC Cruises ship to feature ZOE, the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, which has been added to MSC for Me. Every cabin will feature the voice-enabled virtual personal assistant, who can answer hundreds of questions about the cruise.
MSC Bellissima is currently making her way towards Southampton, UK for her Naming Ceremony this weekend. Her maiden voyage departs 4 March to Genoa, Italy to spend her inaugural season, offering Western Mediterranean cruises. In November 2019, she will reposition to the Gulf, providing weekly sailings out of Dubai. In spring 2020 she will be deployed to Asia.
For more information about MSC Bellissima visit MSC Cruises Website