One of the Middle East's most prolific cruise lines, MSC Cruises, has christened its latest ship
After a transatlantic crossing from Italy, MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, MSC Seascape, was christened in New York on 7 December 2022 at the city’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
MSC Seascape is the second ship to be launched in less than one month by MSC following the naming in November of its first liquified natural gas-powered (LNG) vessel MSC World Europa in Doha, Qatar.
Singer-songwriter Matteo Bocelli performed at the New York christening following his performance last month at the MSC naming ceremony in Doha.
Godmother of the MSC Cruises fleet, movie legend Sophia Loren blessed the ship virtually while Alexa Aponte-Vago, daughter of MSC Group’s founder and executive chairman Gianluigi Aponte, performed the traditional cutting of the ribbon to officially name the ship.
Via video Loren addressed the crowds, saying: “One of the highlights of the past 20 years has been to officiate the christening of MSC Cruises fleet not only because the Apontes have become like family to me but also because MSC has always occupied a special place in my heart. Let me bless the MSC Seascape, her great crew and all her passengers.”
Following the ceremony, guests attended a gala dinner with a performance by Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo.
The newbuild MSC Seascape will be the line’s first ship to be named in New York in recognition of the addition of the city as a new homeport in April 2023.
MSC Seascape has 2,270 cabins; 11 restaurants and eateries; 19 bars and lounges; six swimming pools, including an aft infinity pool; an expansive waterfront promenade; a glass-floored 'Bridge of Sighs' on deck 16 with sea views; and the largest MSC Yacht Clubs in the line’s fleet.
Guests sailing on MSC Seascape will be able to enjoy 98 hours of live entertainment per cruise and rides on the ROBOTRON, an amusement ride available at sea for the first time.
MSC Seascape departed New York on 8 December 2022 to sail to Miami, where she will begin sailing two different seven-night itineraries for her inaugural season.
The Eastern Caribbean calling will stop at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and Nassau in The Bahamas, San Juan in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
MSC Cruises is the world’s fastest growing cruise line and the third largest cruise brand in the world.