The MSC Meraviglia was christened in a ceremony in Le Havre by Sophia Loren. At 171,598 tons, MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship to be built by a European ship owner, MSC Cruises, and also the biggest ship to come into service in 2017.
“We have an ambitious vision for the future and MSC Meraviglia marks the start of the second phase of growth for our Company,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman. “For this reason, this evening is an extremely proud moment for all of us at MSC Cruises as we see the first of our next-generation ships being named.”
“The new ships that we are building — between 2017 and 2020 alone, we will receive six new ships — are purpose-built, featuring innovation in both product and design, as well as the very latest-cutting edge marine and consumer-facing technology to create unforgettable holiday experiences at sea for guests of all ages. MSC Meraviglia is the first to make this vision come to life, as it sets a new standard for cruise ships as a destination in itself.”
Both the ship herself and ceremony's event were been inspired by the wonders of the world, as Meraviglia literally means wonder, according to the company.
The christening ceremony was hosted by comedian Gad Elmaleh. The audience was entertained by artist Patrick Bruel who performed a selection of songs. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Kids United performed to represent a diverse world, promoting peace and tolerance.
The highlight of the evening was the parade of the ship’s officers, and when Sophia Loren cut the ribbon and named MSC Meraviglia to a time-honored crescendo of champagne and fireworks.