MSC reveals details of MSC Grandiosa christening

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MSC Cruises has revealed the details of the christening event for its first Meravigla-Plus generation ship, the MSC Grandiosa.

Events begin with the arrival of the ship in Hamburg, Germany, on 6 November. A purpose-built MSC Village on the banks of the Riber Elbe will welcome 5,000 people starting at 5:00pm local time, with Hamburg’s citizens invited to join celebrations by enjoying food trucks and live music on the evening of the christening. TV presenters Annemarie and Wayne Carpendale will be hosting the events ashore, linking live to the ceremony on board. The festivities will also be shared via livestream from MSC Village to thousands of Hamburg residents.

MSC Grandiosa will be centre stage in the middle of the River Elbe for the culmination of the evening’s events, with a special light show at the Elbphilharmonie concert halls as the ship passes by. The official naming of the ship will then take place, courtesy of MSC Cruises’ godmother, Sophia Loren, followed by a fireworks display. MSC Grandiosa will then pass through a gateway of blue light as she returns to her dock.

There will be four nights of illuminations in the Blue Port by international light artist Michael Batz. A collection of environmentally friendly low-energy consumption light installations, in 20 different locations, will bathe the port in blue. Each night on board, MSC Grandiosa will also host German musical artists in the lead-up to the main event.

The traditional christening ceremony will take place on board, co-hosted by actress, model, singer and TV-presenter Michelle Hunziker and and TV host and actor Jochen Schropp. Guests will have a chance to explore the MSC Grandiosa following the ceremony. A gala dinner will be served featuring a gourmet menu created by German chef Harald Wohlfahrt.

The evening’s events on board will round off with dancing in the ship’s 93m (305ft)-long Mediterranean promenade, Galleria Grandiosa, with music provided by German DJ Mousse T and live vocals from British singer Emma Lanford.

MSC Grandiosa will become MSC Cruises’ newest flagship and the company’s most environmentally advanced ship to date. She is equipped with environmental technology including Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and an Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system and complies with environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

MSC Grandiosa will depart Hamburg on 10 November 2019, setting off on her inaugural cruise to Genoa, Italy. From 23 November 2019, MSC Grandiosa will commence seven-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling on ports in Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France.

Image: MSC Cruises

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