MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima is a cruise ship operated by MSC Cruises. She was constructed at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.[2]

MSC Bellissima in Saint-Nazaire (France) shipyard the day before its departure.
Name: MSC Bellissima
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Valletta,  Malta
Ordered: 20 March 2014
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Laid down: 15 November 2017
Launched: 14 June 2018
Christened: 2 March 2019
Acquired: 27 February 2019
Maiden voyage: 4 March 2019
In service: 4 March 2019
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Meraviglia-class
Tonnage: 171,598 GT[1]
Length: 315.83 metres (1,036.2 ft)[1]
Draught: 8.75 metres (28.7 ft)[1]
Decks: 18[1]
Installed power: 38,400 kilowatts (51,500 hp)
Propulsion: 2 × ABB Azipods[1]
Speed: 21.8 knots (40.4 km/h; 25.1 mph)[1]
Capacity: 4,500

The ship joined MSC Meraviglia in the company’s Meraviglia-class of cruise ships. She has a tonnage of 171,598 GT and a capacity of 4,500 passengers.[1][3] The ship debuted in March 2019.

Design and construction

MSC Cruises and STX France cut the first steel of Bellissima on November 28, 2016.[4][5] Her keel laying and coin ceremony happened on November 15, 2017.[6] On June 14, 2018, the ship was floated out.[7] Her sea trials took place in December 2018.[8]

Her delivery ceremony took place on February 27, 2019. Bellissima was officially named on March 2, 2019, at Southampton, by the actress, Sophia Loren.[9] The original ceremony in a marquee on the quayside had to be abandoned due to high winds, so a substitute ceremony was quickly organised and Loren pressed a button on the ship's bridge to smash the bottle of champagne on the ship's bows.[10]

MSC Cruises collaborated with Harman International to bring "ZOE," the first virtual assistant to be featured on any cruise ship, to the MSC Bellissima and future MSC Cruises ships.[11] In September 2019, as a part of MSC Cruises' longstanding relationship with Swarovski, the Bellissima will feature a suite fully embellished with 700,000 crystals.[12]


MSC Bellissima departed for her maiden voyage on March 4, 2019.[13] She will spend her maiden season in the Mediterranean, before re-positioning to the Persian Gulf in November 2019, cruising from Dubai for the winter season.[14][9] She will then be redeployed to Asia to serve MSC's China program in Spring 2020.[7][9]


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  10. Ross, Andrew. "Star-studded naming of MSC Bellissima halted by bad weather". Daily Echo. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. "This New Cruise Ship Will Have Virtual Assistants to Give You Everything You Could Possibly Need". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  12. "MSC Bellissima to debut Swarovski suite, Grandiosa will have fine art experience". Seatrade Cruise News. 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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  14. "MSC Cruises' newest mega cruise ship MSC Bellissima will cruise roundtrip from Dubai in 2020 -". 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
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