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MSC Bellissima and Cirque Du Soleil reveal new shows

MSC Bellissima’s Cirque Du Soleil Shows

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The unique long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque Du Soleil, has changed the face of entertainment at sea.  In March 2019, two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, SYMA and VARÉLIA, launched on board MSC Cruises’ new flagship, MSC Bellissima.

The Carousel Lounge

To house these amazing shows, MSC Cruises have designed a state-of-the-art live entertainment venue called the Carousel Lounge. It is equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology, complex rigging systems, a 360-degree rotating stage and high-specification audio & lighting equipment. What makes this venue even more unique is its 413 guests capacity, making the experience intimate, and the interaction between the guests and performers even more special.

The multi-million-Euro, custom-made entertainment and dining venue, allows guests to enjoy dinner or cocktails and then watch the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances. The shows can be seen six times a week.

Image: MSC Cruises – Carousel Lounge

Image: MSC Cruises – Carousel Lounge

Video projection mapping is used during the show to project visual content, on tangible set elements and props.

Image: MSC Cruises – SYMA

Image: MSC Cruises – SYMA

The Shows

SYMA is a fantastical odyssey into the heart of an imaginary world, and the search for a mysterious island inhabited by phantasmagorical creatures. The guests on board MSC Bellissima are embarking on a journey of discovery, just like the main character of the show. Immersive video images, an original set design, bioluminescent lighting and acrobatic feats, make SYMA an unforgettable show.

Image: MSC Cruises – SYMA

Image: MSC Cruises – SYMA

VARÉLIA is a tale of modern chivalry where love and courage triumph over the greatest divides. A medieval tale with a futuristic twist, VARÉLIA follows a classic story arc in a cartoonesque world which adds a humoristic touch. Audiences will delight in the acrobatic feats, the laser show and the unique set design.

Image: MSC Cruises – VARÉLIA

Image: MSC Cruises – VARÉLIA

How To Book

Cirque du Soleil at Sea can be booked in advance at a reduced rate.  Any remaining seats will be available to book onboard. For a three-course meal before the show, guests pay €35. If they just fancy a speciality cocktail and enjoy the pre-show, that begins 30 minutes before the start of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performance, guest pay €15

MSC Meraviglia was the first ship to debut the new Cirque du Soleil at Sea concept, with the launch of  two shows VIAGGIO and SONOR in June 2017. They recently celebrated the 1,000th performance on board. Work is already underway for the next shows for MSC Grandiosa, that will launch in November 2019.

Cruise With Flavia onboard MSC Bellissima

I look forward to finding out, as I will be stepping onboard MSC Bellissima on 25th October. Want to join me? Simply email shipsandchampagne@gmail.com to register your interest.

If you haven’t already, you might want to check out my post The Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima

The Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima’s Christening Ceremony Highlights

MSC Cruises have been on my list of favourite cruise lines for a few years now, but during the Christening of MSC Bellissima in Southampton I fell in love with them all over again.

Firstly, the ship itself, as her name suggests, is beautiful. The elegance and style that this family owned cruise line is known for, oozes from every detail of the ship. We were given a warm welcome as we embarked the ship the day before the Christening. This allowed everyone the opportunity to explore the ship and experience it for themselves.

The stunning LED screen that changes to suit the mood.

Familiar Faces

The Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) held an event onboard for its members, which allowed MSC Cruises to show off their new ship to the other cruise lines. Having worked in the cruise trade before becoming a writer and influencer, I caught up with many people I have come to know over the years. Here are just a few of them. 

I met up with some of the bloggers for a mandatory welcome drink.

Feeling peckish and a bit chilly, we all headed to the buffet for a lovely lunch. Whilst everyone tucked into the freshly made Italian pizza, I tried to put a keto lunch plate together. I think I did a pretty good job here.

After lunch everyone had their own plans, so we each did our own thing and arranged to meet up before dinner. I explored some of the upper decks of the ship, making the most of the sunshine despite the chilly breeze.

The indoor pool area means there is always a place to enjoy a swim or relax in the hot tub, regardless of the weather.

The Sky Lounge on deck 18 gives incredible panoramic views whilst relaxing with a refreshment and some live music.

A Beautiful Gift

Soon it was time for me to head back to my stateroom to unpack and prepare for the evening events. The room was very spacious and well set out, and a lovely surprise was waiting for me.

My brand new bed looked so comfortable. But I would have to wait until a lot later to try it out.

A Wonderful Evening

Dinner in the main dining room was amazing. I was far too busy having fun and chatting with my fellow bloggers to make a note of the menu but the food was the best I have ever had on an MSC ship.

I chose a delicious pate starter.

My sea bass main course was equally delicious.

I couldn’t resist the dessert.

After dinner we went up to the Sky Lounge. It had a lovely relaxing atmosphere, with a great singer and band performing jazz favourites.

Around 11.30pm a big party kicked off in the Sportsplex. The DJ played until the early hours and the dance floor was packed.

At 2am, I knew I had to drag myself away and get some sleep. As I walked to my stateroom I passed the pool which looked stunning under the night sky.

The Big Day

The day of the ceremony had arrived and a huge buzz of excitement filled the air. I went to get a better look at the facilities on board, starting with the Arizona Aquapark on deck 19. This is an amazing place for adults and kids to enjoy waterslides and try the exhilarating high ropes course.

Taking the stairs up to deck 20, the shiny new funnels were so quiet and clean. MSC Bellissima runs with significantly increased energy efficiency and has advanced technology for cleaner ship emissions.

Ultimate Luxury

Spanning three decks, MSC Yacht Club is a ship within a ship experience for those looking for the ultimate luxury retreat. I always feel it inappropriate to walk around the VIP lounge taking photos, but here is a photo of Deluxe Suite #16013.

The MSC Aurea Spa on deck 7 is a massive 1,100 square metre authentic Balinese spa. It’s 20 treatment rooms offer 160 treatments in addition to the hair salon, barber shop, nail treatments and medispa.

The thermal area offers a range of saunas, steam rooms, mediterranean baths, a salt room, ice room, blower pool, emotional showers and water benches.

MSC Bellissima boasts 18 bars and lounges. Despite not being a fan of the onboard pubs on other cruiselines, Masters of the Sea really appealed to me. It became the meeting point for our group throughout the event, and it was here I arranged to meet up with cruise ship photographer and friend, Andrew Sassoli-Walker.

Andrew had some free time between events, so we took a quick tour of the speciality restaurants onboard and sampled some of the food.

A sample of the steak served in Butcher’s Cut, the steakhouse parlour. It was mouthwateringly tender. The desserts looked delicious, but I resisted on this occasion.

Press Conference

At 3pm, a press conference was held in the London Theatre. MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, who has led MSC Cruises to over 800% growth, took to the stage and talked about how the family led business is different from other cruise lines. Without having to pay shareholder dividends, they are able to reinvest more of the profit into the ships, which are already the youngest fleet at sea.

He also spoke about their restoration project. Once an industrial island, Ocean Cay is now a marine reserve and private island of the cruise line.

MSC for Unicef

“The contribution of MSC around the world has changed the lives of tens of millions of children.” Mike Penrose, Executive Director Unicef UK.

MSC Cruises are celebrating a 10 year partnership with the Unicef, which has raised nearly ten million euros for the charity. Executive Director of Unicef UK, Mike Penrose came on stage and addressing the Aponte Family, Mr Vago, MSC Cruises and guests, he said “It’s not an understatement to say that the work you’ve done, the contribution of MSC around the world has changed the lives of tens of millions of children.” This was news to me. I had no idea the cruise line had made such a difference. I am sure I wasn’t the person in the room to well up with emotion after hearing this statement.

Mr Penrose was there to introduce the legendary ex-BBC reporter Martin Bell OBE. “I spent 22 years myself working on the front line of humanitarian aid, I’ve worked all around the world and we used to have a joke wherever I worked in conflict, that only three things were guaranteed to get through to the front line, those were beer, cigarettes and Mr Martin Bell” said Penrose.

Image source: twitter @raymond_blanc

First Hand Experiences

Mr Bell took the stage and thanked everyone in MSC for what they had done to “change the fortunes of children all around the world, rescuing children and rescuing childhoods.” Speaking of his 18 years as a Unicef Ambassador, Mr Bell recalled “looking in the eye of an 6 year old girl who was too late at the nutritional feeding station. One of the most heartbreaking experiences was just watching the life ebb away, but certainly other children got there in time. I held the hand of a nine year old girl in Yemen who had been bombed out of her home. The difference between PTSD in a child is that it lasts longer. I’m extraordinarily grateful to what MSC has done. Nearly ten million euros  over the years. May you go on doing it.”

Very Touching

It was a moving moment for everyone in the theatre and as MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato took to the stage, he echoed the feelings of the entire room and said that Mr Bell’s words were “very touching” and acknowledged “how important it is for us to really stop and think how we can improve the life of human beings around the world.”

Creating Luxury That Is Responsible

The press conference continued and Mr Onorato talked about the relationship between MSC Cruises and their work with Celebrity Chefs, saying that “dining is at the heart of the cruise experience”. I think we can agree with him on that one.  Ramon Freixa, Jean-Philippe Maury and Harald Wohlfahrt took turns in coming onto the stage and thanking MSC Cruises for the partnership with their onboard restaurants.

Then came a big surprise. Mr Onorato announced a new partnership with none other than world renowned chef, Raymond Blanc. Mr Blanc, who has trained 38 michelin starred chefs, said he was particularly touched to hear Mr Vago talk so well about Unicef and creating a luxury that is responsible. He said it was exciting to be part of that vision and to deliver an excellent experience for the guests and went on to inform the audience that he would be cooking the evening meal for the 170 celebrity guests onboard.

Image source: twitter @raymond_blanc – Harald Wohlfahrt (left), Raymond Blanc (centre) and Ramon Freixa (right)

So with the press conference over with, it was time to get ready for the evening.

The Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima

After a few glasses of bubbly on the ship, everyone made their way down to the huge marquee located on the quayside.

MSC Cruises had constructed a beautiful walkway with blue carpet that led us to the marquee keeping us guarded from the elements.

Our host for the evening Holly Willoughby looked stunning as she welcomed everybody to the ceremony.

Andrea and Matteo Bocelli gave an incredible performance of their duet.

The newest cadets currently being trained by MSC Cruises, paraded down the aisles to take the stage.

A video of the incredible charity work MSC Cruises is involved in was shown.

Following this MSC Cruises UK & Ireland Managing Director, Antonio Paradiso took to the stage and invited Nicola Graham founder of Ruben’s Retreat to join him. Nicola told of the tragic loss of her son Ruben and the work they are doing to help families. Antonio announced a partnership with the charity.

The wind outside had picked up and a decision was made to continue the ceremony on board the ship.

Back On Board

Once we were all settled back onboard, Sophia Loren appeared in the galleria with the officers.

After a few words from the legendary award winning actress, the hull of Bellissima was projected onto the LED ceiling. There was a loud 3-2-1 and the bottle of champagne could be seen smashing against the hull of Bellissima.

There was a huge cheer from the crowd and a sea of champagne glasses in the air. Our media group enjoyed a delicious dinner in the main dining room.

Image source: Instagram @fran_in_france

A delicious main course of applewood smoked duck breast salad, orange confit and asparagus pomegranate cherry dressing.

Leee John Performs with Chic

I miss my younger days of going out at the weekends and having a good dance. THIS for me was the highlight. I was ready for dancing!

Leee John performed a non stop high energy 2 hour set with back to back hits. It was totally incredible and I did not stop dancing. For videos of the show please visit my Instagram page @ships.and.champagne and click on the highlight #mscbellissima

Chic singer Folami and bass player Jerry Barnes joined Leee John on stage to perform their hit “Good Times”. Not only was this one of Nile Rogers biggest hit records, but it has appeared as a sample on 192 songs.

Folami, Leee John and Jerry Barnes.

You can read my interview with Leee John or listen and order the latest release from Leee John click here.

Well done MSC UK team for pulling off an absolutely incredible event, that people will always remember.

Cruise with Flavia onboard MSC Bellissima

Who fancies joining me on a cruise onboard MSC Bellissima? I am hosting a group on a 7 night Mediterranean cruise onboard MSC Bellissima. This cruise is suitable for first time cruisers, families with children, or solo travellers who would benefit from travelling within a larger group. The date is 25th October 2019 sailing from Barcelona. The group is being handled by Cruise Specialist Jane Cowley at Travel Counsellors, who’s contact details can be found here.

Andrea Bocelli To Perform At Southampton Ceremony

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.

Matteo Bocelli at the launch of MSC Seaview.

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

Magic In The Air with Leee John & MSC Bellissima

Leee John and his platinum selling band Imagination, packed dancefloors in the Eighties. Their hits included Just an Illusion, Body Talk, Music and Lights, and Flashback with sales in excess of 30 million albums.

The multi talented North London Soul boy of St Lucian decent, has worked non stop over the last 30 years as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, musician, radio show presenter, dj and actor.

I caught up with Leee this week following the announcement of his performance at the MSC Bellissima Christening. The star-studded event to be held on 1st of March in Southampton will be hosted by TV beauty Holly Willoughby. Also performing will be Nile Rodgers and Chic. This will be followed by the traditional ribbon cutting by ship’s Godmother, award winning actress Sophia Loren.

Have you been on a cruise ship before?

“Yes. The first ship I cruised on was when I was eight years old. It was the SS France, which was the longest ship in the world at the time and had the biggest floating cinema.” 

How do you feel about performing at the MSC Bellissima Christening?

“Overwhelmed and very, very excited. I mean wow, what can I say? Sophia Loren? I am going to be completely gaga! I am very much a music and film buff and saw Sophia Loren in Two Women in which she won two awards. I also saw her in Arabasque which I love as I am a fashionista.”

“Antonio and the team at MSC Cruises have been fantastic. They came to see me and were extremely gracious, offering to help us with anything we need.”

“I am looking forward to performing alongside Nile Rodgers and Chic again. We have toured together twice before, having performed around 20 shows together. In fact I once had a call from Nile asking me to help him out. He was due to perform at a special party for his Goddaughter, but had been delayed, so asked if I could fill in for him until he arrived.”

Can you reveal any details about your performance for the event?

“We will be playing the latest and the greatest! I am old school so for me the performance is totally about the audience. I have a fantastic band. Our drummer is Mel Gaynor who used to play with Simple Minds. He actually played with Imagination on our very first tour. Mike Timothy is our keyboard player and he has worked with Dexys Midnight Runners and Massive Attack. Alexis our bass player and Lorraine who sings backing vocals are also outstanding musicians to work with.”

Retropia

After talking to Leee, I am even more excited to see his performance at the event and have bought a copy of his last album Retropia. It includes a range of styles from Soul and Jazz to Rock and Dance. Recording a soul version of Highway To Hell (my personal favourite track on the album) takes talent, but has clearly paid off as it will feature as the theme tune to Netflix show Street Riders, also produced by Sky in Italy.

Current Projects

Leee has been producing his film Flashback over the last six years. The film celebrates the great black artists who have contributed to UK music. Leee has gathered more than 80 interviews from artists such as Beverley Knight, Eddy Grant, Trevor Nelson, Omar, Geno Washington, Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniels, Boney M’s Bobby Farrell and Ruby Turner. Leee is also planning on putting this on an app platform for use in the educational system.

As well as a film, Leee is working on his new album under the working title of World Domination. It is expected for release in 2020. Leee is working with an eclectic mix of musicians from the Gypsy Kings to Rob David (Can’t Get You Out Of My Head).

If you can’t wait until 2020, Retropia is available to buy from Amazon.

 

Retropia Review

Wonderful album from the very talented Leee John, the lead singer of Imagination. The songs vary from the very danceable” Do It Right Now “to the atmospheric ” Utopia ” to the rocky ” Highway To Hell”. Every track has something to offer in quality, perfect pitch and great production. Thoroughly recommended. – Cheri

Buy Retropia here

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Star Studded Line Up Revealed for the Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima in Southampton

MSC Cruises are hosting probably the most glamorous and star studded event ever held in Southampton. UK & Ireland Managing Director Antonio Paradiso is thrilled to be showcasing their new flagship MSC Bellissima to the UK.

Day One

The three day event starts with VIPs embarking the largest ship ever to be launched in Southampton.

They will be the first people to try out some of the most innovative technology at sea. Each stateroom on this next-generation ship, will feature the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant ZOE.

Other features include;

  • A 96 metre promenade with the longest LED sky screen at sea
  • A new specialty restaurant concept HOLA! Tapas from two-time Michelin-starred Chef Ramón Freixa
  • A a new French specialty restaurant, l’Atelier Bistrot
  • A a Chocolaterie and Chocolate Bar from the award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier Jean-Philippe Maury
  • World-class entertainment
  • MSC Aurea Spa
  • Family facilities in partnership with LEGO Group and Chicco
  • MSC Yacht Club
  • A shopping gallery featuring over 200 brands

Day Two

On 2nd March the evening begins with a Gala drinks reception for guests at 6pm.

Shortly afterwards the naming ceremony will commence pierside. Celebrity host for the evening will be none other than UK TV favourite Holly Willoughby, presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, This Morning and Celebrity Juice.

Nile Rodgers, three-time Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, will perform along with his band Chic. Their hits include  “Le Freak”, which is preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.” 

MSC Bellissima will feature two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows VARÉLIA and SYMA. Evening celebrations will include a very special pier side performance. This will be the first time that Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in live entertainment, has performed at the launch of a ship and this will provide a taster of what lies in store for MSC Cruises guests on board MSC Bellissima.

No MSC Cruises Naming Ceremony would be complete without Academy Award-winning actress, Sophia Loren. The cruise line have chosen Ms Loren as Godmother to their entire fleet. She will perform the traditional ribbon-cutting and officially name the spectacular MSC Bellissima.

Guests will then rejoin the ship to enjoy a delicious gala dinner. As the entertainment continues back on board, guest can dance the night away to live music from platinum-selling UK singer Leee John and his band, who will be performing the latest and greatest hits. You can read my full interview with Leee here.

Day Three

The festivities continue with 3,500 UK and Ireland travel agents boarding the ship. They will be able to enjoy a full day of activities and entertainment. Craig David will give an evening performance to the lucky travel agents.

Increasing the Popularity of Cruise

Antonio Paradiso, MD for MSC Cruises UK & Ireland commented, “I am so proud to be hosting the Naming Ceremony of MSC Bellissima in Southampton and to have the opportunity to showcase our newest ship to so many of our travel agent partners, media outlets, valued guests and future cruisers.”

“The naming ceremony is our opportunity to showcase MSC Cruises to the whole of the UK, and it is this sort of exposure that will allow us to raise the profile of cruise holidays. Each celebrity that is involved with the naming ceremony, or each dining or entertainment partnership that enhances our cruises provides an opportunity to present cruise to a new audience and it’s these new audiences that are so important in increasing the popularity of cruise”

MSC Bellissima will depart Southampton on March 4th to commence her 10-night inaugural cruise to Genoa. From March 17th MSC Bellissima will commence 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Naples and Messina (Italy) Valetta (Malta), Barcelona (Spain) and Marseille (France)

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100 Day Countdown To The Launch of MSC Bellissima

MSC Cruises has started to reveal details of what guests can look forward to on MSC Bellissima. Their flagship will be named in Southampton, England on 2nd March 2019.

MSC Bellissima to be the biggest cruise ship named in Southampton.

MSC Bellissima will be the biggest cruise ship ever to be named in the UK’s cruise capital, with a maximum capacity of 5,686 guests and gross tonnage of 171,598,

FIRST AT SEA

Guests taking a cruise on board MSC Bellissima will be the first to experience the world’s first digital cruise assistant. Zoe will be available in seven languages and is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions all from the comfort of your cabin. The custom designed voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence device, will elevate the guest service experience to enhance and enrich life on board.

HOLA! Tapas Bar – New Dining Venue

At the heart of the ships’ iconic Galleria, HOLA! Tapas Bar welcomes you into an amazing new culinary experience created by the two Michelin starred chef Ramón Freixa. Designed to be a social dining experience, guests will be able to enjoy shared plates in a traditional celebration of the Mediterranean way of life.

Flavia with Michelin Starred Chef Ramon Freixa

 

Photo: MSC Cruises – MSC Bellissima, HOLA! TAPAS by Ramon Freixa

Ramón Freixa explains, “I want guests to enjoy a true taste of Spain through appetising tapas and a cheerful bar atmosphere.” Freixa continues, “I am delighted to be collaborating again with MSC Cruises. This partnership is special to me as we have such strong shared values and this new restaurant embodies our passion for sharing the joys of Mediterranean food.”

Photo: MSC Cruises – MSC Bellissima, HOLA! TAPAS by Ramon Freixa

12 Dining Venues and 20 Bars

In addition, guests will have a further 12 international dining venues and 20 bars to choose from, including the new French speciality restaurant L’Atelier Bistrot.

Anyone with a sweet tooth can enjoy unique and elegant chocolate creations and desserts at the Chocolaterie and Chocolate bar designed by acclaimed pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury.

World-Class Entertainment

Two brand new exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances will be available onboard MSC Bellissima. The new show concepts will be revealed next month.

NEW MAGIC THEMED KIDS’ PROGRAMME

A giant children’s play area will host LEGO® and Chicco activities, and a brand-new School of Magic programme and weekly Magic Talent Show.

Photo: MSC Cruises – MSC Bellissima, Doremiland

Environmental Responsibility

To reduce her environmental footprint, MSC Bellissima will be equipped with the most modern environmental technology, energy-saving features and innovative technology.

Some of the things she will be equipped with include: an exhaust gas cleaning system for cleaner emissions; an advanced wastewater treatment system; smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) to recover heat from machinery spaces; and LED lighting and smart devices. These measures will save significant energy.

This all comes as part of MSC Cruises commitment to provide guests with the best holiday experiences at sea in a sustainable way.

MSC Bellissima lives up to her name meaning “most beautiful” by offering guests a beautiful and memorable cruise experience.

MSC Bellissima will feature a brand new Grand Canyon theme for the aquapark with three exhilarating water slides.

Photo: MSC Cruises – MSC Bellissima, Arizona Aquapark

Photo: MSC Bellissima, Arizona Aquapark

A full-size bowling alley, F1 simulator and an XD cinema are just some of the other onboard attractions to ensure guests of all ages will have fun.

The ship introduces six brand new West-End style shows, as well as a full programme of activities.

At the heart of MSC Bellissima is a stunning Galleria with an 80-metre LED sky screen. The shopping gallery has over 200 brands, bars and restaurants will stunning projections throughout the day.

Photo: MSC Cruises

The Balinese MSC Aurea Spa offers 79 different treatments. It includes a stunning thermal area which will be the perfect place to relax.

MSC Bellissima will offer 7-night Mediterranean cruises for her inaugural season. After which she will move to the Emirates for Winter 2019/2020.

Watch MSC Bellissima coming together in this incredible timelapse video.

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