This past Saturday, March 23, 2013, marked the christening of MSC Cruises‘ latest cruise ship, the MSC Preziosa. Set to the timeless film music of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, Sophia Loren served as godmother, or madrina, at the event in Genoa, Italy. The 140,000-ton vessel carries 4,345 guests and features previously announced attractions such as the first two Eataly restaurants at sea and Vertigo, the longest single-rider body waterslide set atop a cruise ship.


MSC Cruises Christens the MSC Preziosa
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What’s more, the MSC Preziosa just received the “7 Golden Pearls” award from Bureau Veritas, an international organization that analyzes and certifies environmental risk. The cruise line explains, “The ’7 Golden Pearls’ award is a reflection of MSC Cruises’ ongoing commitment to safeguarding the marine ecosystem, as well as protecting the health and safety of its passengers and staff. It is one of the highest awards given to cruise vessels in recognition of specific voluntary attention given to design, building and operation in line with the organization’s ‘Quality Health Safety Environment’ (QHSE) standards.”


Year-Round MSC Divina Sailings from Miami, Florida
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The launch of MSC Preziosa coincides with MSC Cruises’ announcement of its upcoming year-round presence sailing from North America. Until now, MSC has only called on the USA seasonally. The MSC Divina, sister ship to the new MSC Preziosa, will cruise out of Miami, Florida beginning November of 2013. “The popularity of our introduction of MSC Divina to this market among agents and consumers alike has been nothing short of tremendous,” said Richard E. Sasso, President & CEO, MSC Cruises USA. “We listened to their requests and are pleased that the vast expansion of our line allows us the ability to fulfill their wishes.”

For more information regarding MSC Cruises, visit its MSC Preziosa web page and MSC Divina web page. Are you excited about these recent announcements? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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