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       Pierfrancesco Vago                                                                         Patrick Bruel
       MSC Cruises Christens the Biggest Ship

       to be Built by a European Ship Owner

       By Kerry & John Treacy who attended the christening
       On Saturday evening 3 June 2017 in Le   we see the first of our next-generation   cheeky performance by Can Can
       Havre, France, the latest wonder in the   ships being named. The new ships   dancers.
       MSC Cruises fleet, MSC Meraviglia was   that will come into service over the   The crowning moment of the evening
       christened in a glittering ceremony by   coming ten years are purpose-built   was the parade of the ship’s officers
       international screen legend, Sophia   connected ships, featuring innovation
       Loren who has a close relationship with   in both product and design, as   and then Sophia Loren cut the ribbon
       MSC Cruises for over a decade, when   well as the very latest-cutting edge   and named MSC Meraviglia with
       she first became godmother of MSC   technology to create unforgettable   the champagne bottle breaking on
       Lirica, in 2003. As the MSC Cruises’ fleet   holiday experiences at sea for guests   the ship’s bow. This was followed by
       continued to grow, she blessed each   of all ages. MSC Meraviglia is the first to   fireworks.
       and every new -build, reflecting MSC   make this vision come to life, as it sets   Historic Le Havre was founded by Royal
       Cruises' belief not only in loyalty, but   a new standard for cruise ships as a   Charter in 1517 and from that time the
       also in Loren's unique beauty, talent   destination in itself.”          cities entire evolution has been tied to
       and elegant style - the same elements   Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises   seafaring. It was a fitting event to be
       that distinguish every aspect on board   also spoke in glowing terms of this   held in Le Havre.
       an MSC Cruises ship.                special event and MSC plans for the   In order to conclude on a note of
       The glamorous, high-profile event in Le   future.                        haute cuisine the 2 Star Michelin
       Havre, featured entertainment from   Not many events compare to          Chef Hélène Darroze created an
       top international performers and an   an MSC Christening. Meraviglia’s
       exclusive gala dinner in the company   guests experienced the ultimate as   exceptional and unforgettable
       of special guests, authorities, key   they gathered in a huge marquis    gastronomic menu for the VIP gala
       partners from the travel industry, global   dockside with the “special lady”   dinner as well as an exclusive dish for
       media and top management from       in the background. Both the ship     all guests – ‘Brittany cauliflower panna
       MSC Cruises and its parent company   herself and the evening’s event have   cotta (Oscietra caviar, sea urchin
       MSC Group. Gianluigi Aponte, MSC    been inspired by the wonders of the   emulsion)’.
       Group’s founder and executive       world, as Meraviglia literally means   It was an event and night to remember.
       chairman as well as the ship owner,   wonder. The christening ceremony
       attended together with the Aponte   itself was hosted by one of Europe’s
       and Aponte-Vago families.           most loved comedians, Gad Elmaleh.
       “We have an ambitious vision for the   The audience was also entertained
       future and MSC Meraviglia marks the   by internationally renowned artist
 Amalia Glacier, Chilean Fjords
       start of a new era for our Company,”   Patrick Bruel and UNICEF Goodwill
       said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’   Ambassadors Kids United performed to
       Executive Chairman. “For this reason,   represent a diverse world, promoting
 In Scenic’s 30 years, our passion for luxury all-inclusive travel and a dedication to innovation is what has set us   this evening is an extremely proud   peace and tolerance. They were
 apart. Our evolution continues in 2018, as we launch into luxury ocean cruising with the inaugural season of   moment for all of us at MSC Cruises as   amazing! There was also a rousing and
 Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht. We invite you to step outside your comfort zone, to experience
 some of the world’s most iconic and remote destinations in unparalleled 6-star luxury on board Scenic Eclipse.
 This is a new era of expedition cruising.


 or visit your nearest Scenic Agent

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