MSC Cruises newest ¡®diva¡¯ MSC Divina was officially delivered to the line by STX France on Saturday, ahead of her christening on 26 May.
A traditional flag ceremony saw the shipyard¡¯s pennant and French flag lowered to the sound of the French national anthem and the flags of Italy and MSC Cruises subsequently raised to the Italian national anthem.
MSC Cruises¡¯ owner, Gianluigi Aponte, gave command of the ship to Captain Giuliano Bossi before wife of MSC vice president Diego Aponte, Ela Aponte, cut the ribbon.
A bottle of champagne was broken and three blasts of Divina¡¯s siren signalled the end of the traditional ceremony.
¡°I am very proud of MSC Divina, the 12th addition to our wonderful fleet and our third Fantasia-class ship,¡± MSC Cruises CEO Pierfrancesco Vago said.
¡°I believe she is the most beautiful ship in our fleet and that he innovations and polished features bring this successful class to perfection. Dedicated to Ms. Sophia Loren, MSC Divina¡¯s stylish refinement represents a new benchmark in cruising.¡±
Mr Vago also acknowledged the economic impact that the building of their Fantasia-class ships has had on the French economy, with an average investment of USD$700 million per ship.
¡°We believe that the success of a country¡¯s economy relies on such investments in its unique industrial traditions.¡±
STX France have been responsible for the building of 11 MSC ships in little over ten years and is currently constructing MSC Divina¡¯s sister ships MSC Preziosa.
¡°Throughout our 150-year history never before have so many vessels been built for one ship builder, and this is a record which deserves to be highlighted today,¡± STX France¡¯s general manager Laurent Castaing said.The 4,345-passenger Divina will be christened on 26 May with godmother and muse, Sophia Loren expected to be in attendance.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
New diva delivered: MSC Divina
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