Supplier: MSC Cruises
MSC Seaview was christened on June 9, in true MSC Cruises style with a star-studded line-up, VIPs, key travel partners and international media as well as top management from MSC Cruises and its parent company MSC Group. Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s founder and executive chairman as well as the ship owner, attended together with the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families.
The christening ceremony was hosted by star of Italian TV, Swiss-born Michelle Hunziker who welcomed to the stage ‘father of Italian blues’ Zucchero Fornaciari. TV star Lorella Cuccarini hosted a special moment on stage, and Italian children’s choir, Piccolo Coro Dell‘Antoniano, performed as the UNICEF ambassadors, to acknowledge MSC Cruises’ important partnership that helps improve the lives of children and their families in developing countries and those affected by crises. Matteo Bocelli sang during the Officers’ Parade, an important tradition to honor and thank the ship’s crew for their service.
Godmother Sophia Loren finished off the traditional proceedings as she cut the ribbon to launch the bottle of champagne to name MSC Seaview, her 13th MSC Cruises ship.
Also present at the ceremony was Ramon Freixa, the Spanish two Michelin-starred chef who has now extended his partnership with MSC Cruises to launch his first restaurant at sea on board MSC Seaview. Pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi, attended his second MSC Cruises’ ship christening to celebrate his second restaurant at sea, with his first launching on MSC Seaside. Other stars in attendance included Spanish model and actor Jon Kortajarena, Brazilian presenter and actor Giovanna Ewbank and French television personality Ariane Brodier.
MSC Seaview is the 15th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet and the third ship to come into service in just 12 months under the Company’s industry-unprecedented €10.5 billion ($12.4 billion USD) investment plan. It is designed to bring guests outside to the open decks and walkways and will bring guests closer to the sea and help them enjoy the outdoors in ever aspect of the experience.
MSC Seaview commenced her maiden voyage from Genoa on June 10, offering six embarkation ports in the Western Mediterranean. After her inaugural season, she will journey to South America to call on a variety of picturesque destinations.