MSC Bellissima became the largest cruise ship to be christened in Southampton at the weekend following a star-studded ceremony – and a guest appearance from storm Freya.
The christening ceremony of the 5,686-passenger ship, featuring presenter Holly Willoughby and performances by Andrew Bocelli and son Matteo, initially took place in a marquee on the dock adjacent to the vessel but was interrupted as strong winds led to guests being evacuated.
Once back onboard, Bellissima was christened by godmother Sophia Loren – the 14th MSC ship she has named – in front of an audience of celebrities and key travel partners.
VIP guests were also treated to a menu designed by Raymond Blanc, following the line’s announcement of a new partnership with the Michelin starred chef.
MSC Bellissima will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, offering seven-night cruises before moving to the Emirates for winter 2019/2020. The ship will then be deployed in Asia in 2020.
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