It is now officially 100 days until the MSC Bellissima naming ceremony.
The ship – the second in the Meraviglia class – will be named on 2 March in Southampton.
MSC Bellissima will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean offering seven-night cruises before moving to the Emirates for winter 2019/2020.
MSC Cruises UK & Ireland MD Antonio Paradiso said: “We are so excited that the countdown to the launch of our ‘most beautiful’ ship has finally started.
“We are having three full days of celebrations in the city of Southampton and we look forward to sharing this landmark moment with media, consumers, the city of Southampton and our travel agents, who we’d like to thank for their continued support of our business.”
Paradiso added that more than 5,000 people will attend over the three days.
“We have so much still to announce over the next few months from the celebrity acts that are performing at the ceremony to the concepts and show names for the new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows.”
Guests on board MSC Bellissima will be the first to experience MSC Zoe – the line’s digital cruise assistant, available in seven languages.
Zoe is a voice-enabled artificial intelligence device fitted in every cabin and has been custom designed for the cruise experience in partnership with HARMAN International.
There is also a new tapas restaurant, HOLA! Tapas Bar, new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, and a magic-themed kids’ area, and much more.
The ship has capacity for 5,686 guests.