MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima the worlds sixth largest cruise ship sailed into Southampton on Friday directly from the shipbuilders yard in Saint Nazaire in France. Despite the high winds of storm Freya putting a halt to proceedings on the quayside and moving the naming ceremony on board, MSC Bellissima was officially named yesterday by Sophia Loren, godmother to the entire MSC cruises fleet.

The new 171,598 ton cruise liner has 19 decks, carries 5,686 guests and 1,536 crew, with 2,217 staterooms and 12 restaurants. The liner will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean before moving to the Emirates next winter and Asia in 2020.

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