Genoa to Host Christening Ceremony in March 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Oct. 11, 2012) - In time-honoredmaritime tradition, a ceremony was held this morning at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, during which two commemorative coins were welded to MSC Preziosa’s mast radar, marking a significant construction milestone.
Earlier this year, following the termination of the agreement with the original owner,MSC Cruisessigned a contract to take over the 140,000-ton cruise ship. Renamed MSC Preziosa, she will be the 13th addition to theMSC Cruises’ fleet, as well as the fourth ship in the series of Fantasia class ships.
"I am delighted to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of MSC Preziosa, the magnificent vessel that will complete our celebrated Fantasia class. MSC Preziosa will raise our total capacity to more than 40,000 berths and along with her sister shipsMSC Fantasia,MSC SplendidaandMSC Divina, will allow us to offer the unparalleled features of this new generation of ship all over the world,” said MSC Cruises CEO Pierfrancesco Vago, who opened the ceremony.
”In honor of this occasion, I am also glad to officially announce that MSC Preziosa will be christened on March 23 in Genoa, Italy, one of our most visited and beloved destinations, and her first homeport for 2013."
Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France, added, "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both the MSC Cruises and STX teams for their joint commitment. Impressive shipbuilding figures illustrate the ambition which is at the heart of the Fantasia class project: 30,000 tons of steel, 1,242 miles of cables, 1,751 guest staterooms and, at the moment, 1,000 people working every day on MSC Preziosa. It is STX's ambition to support MSC as they become the European leader in the cruise market."
Thehonorof presenting the coins was given to MSC Cruises Head of Onboard Marketing Daniela Picco, who served as MSC godmother during the ceremony. She was joined by Jeannette Le Queau from STX France, who works closely with the MSC team and has been involved in the MSC story since the first new build orders arrived at Saint-Nazaire almost 10 years ago.
The gold coin from STX bears the well-known image of medallion designer Louis Oscar Roty’s La Semeuse, a sower moving forward with her bag of grain, which was depicted on French coins until the arrival of the euro. MSC’s coin bears the company logo on one side and the cross of Genoa’s ancient coins on the other.
Genoa was an obvious choice to celebrate the new ship's arrival. The city has been anMSC Cruiseshomeport since the start of the company’s expansion program in 2003 and has been an important partner in boosting the substantial economic impact that the cruise sector, and MSC in particular, brings to its port and the region.
Next year MSC will be deploying nine ships from the port in Genoa. Over the course of the year, nearly 930, 000 guests will embark, disembark or transit during a total of more than 200 calls.
MSC Cruisesis also heavily investing in the city. The MSC Group’s catering subsidiary MSC Italcatering is headquartered in Genoa. The group is also building the new “Towers of San Benigno” office block, a building that will bring all of MSC’s different departments based in Genoa all under one roof.
About MSC Preziosa
MSC Preziosais 1,092 feet long, 124 feet wide, and weighs 140,000 tons. The 4,345-guest luxury cruise ship travels up to 23 knots, offering smooth cruising in sumptuous surroundings. Her elegant design is, once again, the work of award-winning naval architects De Jorio Design International.
MSC Preziosawill also take theMSC Yacht Clubto new heights. Devised as an entirely self-contained private club area on the foredecks of the ship, theMSC Yacht Clubhas become a benchmark of exclusive travel since first launched onMSC Fantasia,MSC SplendidaandMSC Divina. With its sweeping sea views, butler-serviced superior suites, dedicated restaurant, pool, solarium, panoramic lounge, private decks and private access to theMSC Aurea Spa, the trend-setting concept is a distinguished sanctuary for guests seeking peace, privacy and exclusivity but with access to all that large cruise ships offer.