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MSC Cruises reveals MSC Grandiosa launch plans

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To celebrate the launch of its newest ship MSC Cruises is hosting more than 14,000 travel agents from 40 countries across a series of events.

The first will be in St Nazaire, France, when MSC Grandiosa officially comes into service on 31 October.

The ship will be in the Port of Hamburg from 6-10 November with the christening on 9 November. More than 500 UK & Irish travel agents will get the chance to experience the ship in Southampton on 12 November.

During the course of the events the line will hold its All Stars of the Sea awards to recognise the efforts and achievements of travel agents worldwide.

MSC Cruises UK & Ireland MD Antonio Paradiso said: “Over the last three years we have made it our priority to get as many agents as possible on our ships to experience everything MSC Cruises has to offer.

“The feedback from our MSC Bellissima event in March, which saw over 3,000 agents visit the ship, was overwhelming and it’s a pleasure to be back in the Port of Southampton with an even bigger ship and the chance to give a further 500 agents a chance to spend the night on board.

“As always with MSC Cruises those attending should expect a great party as we celebrate not only the launch of our new ship MSC Grandiosa, but as we celebrate the dynamic and exciting UK & Irish cruise industry.”

MSC Grandiosa will feature two new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea, a 93 metre-long LED sky promenade lined with restaurants and mall-style shopping, an immersive art experience in L’Atelier Bistrot, a dedicated kids’ areas designed in partnership with LEGO and Chicco plus the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, Zoe, in every cabin.

MSC Grandiosa is equipped a selective catalytic reduction system to decrease nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent and a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment system.

MSC recently held the keel-laying ceremony for the first of two improved Seaside Evo-class ships.

Image: Credit – Bernard Biger & Chantiers de l’Atlantique

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