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MSC Grandiosa will be christened in Hamburg, Germany on Nov. 9

MSC Grandiosa ready for its big debut

GENEVA — MSC Cruises is gearing up for the arrival of its newest flagship, MSC Grandiosa, which will be the largest in the MSC Cruises fleet.

The celebrations will span 27 days throughout eight countries and 11 ports, and will include special events in Hamburg, including a special light display in 19 locations created with international light artist Michael Batz.

The events will commence in St Nazaire, France when the company’s newest flagship officially comes into service on Oct. 31.

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Galleria Grandiosa

Highlights of MSC Grandiosa include: two original, never-before-seen shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea; a Mediterranean Promenade lined with restaurants, including the new Il Campo, mall-style shopping and a 305 ft.-long LED Sky Screen displays atmospheric images and animations throughout the day and night; an immersive art experience in L’Atelier Bistrot with 26 original etchings by French Impressionist Edgar Degas; dedicated kids areas designed in partnership with LEGO and Chicco; the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, ZOE, in every stateroom; and new environmental technologies, including a selective catalytic reduction system and a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment system.

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L’Atelier Bistrot

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Il Campo Restaurant

“The events for the launch of MSC Grandiosa have been carefully designed to enable an extensive program of activities, events and celebrations for the trade community, as well as other guests and stakeholders,” says Achille Staiano, MSC Cruises VP Global Sales.

“Looking ahead, MSC Grandiosa will be one of the most environmentally-sound ships at sea. We will utilize our MSC Academy to educate our Travel Advisor partners around our environmental stewardship practices and other environmental initiatives, thus allowing them to understand the latest advancements in environmental technology and practices which will be invaluable information for them and their customers.”

MSC Grandiosa will remain in the Port of Hamburg Nov. 6 – 10, with the christening scheduled for Nov. 9.

MSC Grandiosa will begin regular 7-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean starting Nov. 23 with six embarkation ports: Genoa and Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille.