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MSC Grandiosa Christening Hamburg followed by UK & Irish launch in Southampton this November

18th October 2019 - 2:30pm

Antonio Paradiso (MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland)

Antonio Paradiso (MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland)

Next month MSC Cruises will take delivery of their newest and largest ship, MSC Grandiosa. To celebrate the launch, over 14,000 travel agents from 40 countries are invited to events throughout November taking place in 8 different ports.


On 6th November, the MSC Grandiosa will be christened by MSC Cruises’ Godmother Sophia Loren in Hamburg during a 4-night celebration. The events will feature big-name presenters and artists: Michelle Hunziker, Jochen Schropp and Annemarie & Wayne Carpendale. On the banks of the River Elbe, an MSC Village will welcome 5,000 people to enjoy the celebrations with food and live music. Following a stunning fireworks display, guests will enjoy the Gala dinner width a menu created by German chef royalty, Harald Wohlfahrt, one of the top 10 chefs in the world and is the only German chef to hold a three Michelin Star rating for 25 years in a row.


The UK & Irish markets will be celebrating the launch of the new ship in Southampton on the 12th November which will see over 500 agents visiting the ship for a one night stay onboard, which will include an interactive ship tour, theatre shows and dinner in one of the ship’s 12 unique dining venues. In addition, MSC Cruises is bringing back ‘All Stars of the Sea’, its travel agent awards, which will see valued and high performing travel agents rewarded.


Antonio Paradiso (MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland) said, “Over the last 3 years we have made it our priority to get as many agents as possible on our ships to experience everything MSC Cruises has to offer. The feedback from our MSC Bellissima event in March which saw over 3,000 agents visit the ship was overwhelming and it’s a pleasure to be back in the Port of Southampton with an even bigger ship and the chance to give a further 500 agents a chance to spend the night onboard”.


He added, “As always with MSC Cruises those attending should expect a great party as we celebrate not only the launch of our new ship MSC Grandiosa but as we celebrate the dynamic and exciting UK & Irish cruise industry”.


From November 23rd MSC Grandiosa will commence 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France.

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Antonio Paradiso (MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland)
MSC Grandiosa Launching this November
Suzanne Rowe and Alana Byrne (MSC Cruises)
Inside the new MSC Grandiosa

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