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Christening of MSC Meraviglia (8th wonder of the world) and the Irish trade were there!

7th June 2017 - 10:35am

Steve Williams, Erica Oglesby and Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)

Steve Williams, Erica Oglesby and Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)

Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz) was in le Harve at the weekend for the christening of the MSC Meraviglia with key travel trade partners from Ireland.   This glamorous, high-profile event, took place in the port of Le Havre with entertainment from top international performers, an official ceremony and an exclusive gala dinner in the company of special guests, authorities, key partners from the travel industry, global media, top management from MSC Cruises and its parent company MSC Group.   The Meraviglia is most certainly a game changer not only within the MSC existing fleet but in the cruise sector bringing luxury, cuisine and entertainment to a new level.

The launch of the Meraviglia sees the start of a new vessel launch program that will see the privately owned MSC Cruises invest €9B over the next ten years growing their current employee base from 17,000 to 36,000 and the delivery of the MSC Cruises’ World Class cruise ships.   The ground breaking World Class ships will feature 2,760 cabins and a maximum occupancy of 6,850 guests, the highest passenger capacity in the global cruise fleet.   The vessels, which will be delivered in 2022 and 2024 – the options are for 2025 and 2026 – will have a length of 330 metres and 47 metres of beam.


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Steve Williams, Erica Oglesby and Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)
Cabin balcony
One of the great bar staff in the exclusive Yacht Club
Fantastic Japanese food available on board
 Sharon Harney (John Cassidy Travel) with Antoinette Fennell (Abbey Travel) and Ann Davis (Abbey Travel)
Selfie Time!
Irish Travel trade attend the Christening of MSC Meraviglia, the eighth wonder of the world!
The ladies from John Cassidy Travel enjoying the Champagne bar: Jacinta Gutrie and Sandra Kelly.
Some of the great entertainment onboard the MSC Meraviglia
Entertainment on deck 6 of the MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia staff in the very popular Champagne bar
Lisa Croke (Marble City Travel), Erica Oglesby(MSC) and Grace Collins (Marble City Travel)
Erica Oglesby (Trade Sales MSC Ireland) and Steve Williams (Sales Director MSC) Irish Travel trade attend the Christening of MSC Meraviglia, the eighth wonder of the world!
Erica Oglesby, Steve Williams and Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz)
Erica gets on her bike!
Darren Hutchinson (Strand Travel), Lisa Croke (Marble City Travel), Grace Collins (Marble City Travel) and Ian Collins (Strand Travel)
Julie Hanna Conroy (Click and Go) with Zita Little (Click&Go;)
Irish Travel trade attend the Christening of MSC Meraviglia, the eighth wonder of the world!
 Pierfrancesco Vago (Executive Chairman MSC Cruises)
Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz) thanked all MSC staff in Ireland for their trade and media support at the conference
Daniel Lamarre (CEO Cirque du Soleil) Cirque Du Soleill will feature on board with 2 shows
Our Captain
Natalie Billington (PR Manager MSC Cruises) with Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz)
The boys are on board and ready to try the Champagne! Stephen Aston (Clubworld Travel), Dominic Burke (MD Travel Centres), John Spollen (MD John Cassidy Travel) and Tom Britton (MD Marble City Travel)
Mairead Keegan (Click and Go), Rebecca Kelly MSC Cruises (Sales Manager Ireland), Mary McKenna (MD Tour America), Sandra Corkin (MD Oasis Travel), Bernie Burke (MD Travel Centres), Deirdre Sweeney (Sunway Holidays) and Delia Aston (MD Clubworld Travel)
On his knees for the eight ladies. Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz)
Delia Aston (Clubworld) and Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz)
Rebecca Kelly (Head of sales MSC Cruises Ireland) with Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)
Dominic Burke (MD Travel Centres), Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director) and John Spollen (MD John Cassidy Travel)
The legend that is Sophie Loren christening the MSC Meraviglia. She still looks amazing!
Sophie Loren christening the MSC Meraviglia. She still looks amazing!
MSC Meraviglia starts the first of two rounds of sea trials
Dominic Burke gets new hair style for the gala dinner!

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