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Welcome to the World MSC Bellissima

13th March 2019 - 12:00pm

A large Irish contingent were dressed in their finery for the black-tie, naming ceremony of the MSC Bellissima. Held in a marquee on Southampton Quay, Holly Willoughby undertook Master of Ceremonies with performances by tenors Andrea and Matteo Bocelli followed by a performance by Cirque du Soleil at Sea. Madame Sophia Loren, Godmother of 13 ships in the MSC fleet, was on hand to cut the ribbon to break a bottle of champagne against the hull "to wish her a long, safe and successful life of service at sea".

 

Due to severe weather conditions, MSC moved festivities to inside the cruise liner to ensure everyone's safety. Travelbiz managed to rub shoulders with celebrities Craig David (who had been due to perform) and Holly Willoughby to name a few, as well as enjoying a few cocktails in the luxurious confines of the MSC Yacht Club alongside Gianni Onorato (CEO MSC Cruises) and Raffaele Pontecorvo (Captain MSC Bellissima). A sumptuous gala dinner followed and later in the evening, guests were treated to a performance by Lee John of Imagination on board in the London Theatre.


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Team MSC Ireland - Alana Shannon Byrne and Suzanne Rowe
The lovely Holly Willoughby onboard MSC Bellissima
Craig David with Antonio Paradiso (Managing Director UK & Ireland, MSC Cruises)
Gianni Onorato (CEO MSC Cruises) with Raffaele Pontecorvo (Captain MSC Bellissima) and Peter Baillie (Sheriff of Southampton)
The Irish travel trade bring even more glitz and glam to the naming ceremony.
The Irish travel trade bring even more glitz and glam to the naming ceremony.
Lucky Mr Shearer. Blessed amongst women.
Antonio Paradiso (Managing Director UK & Ireland, MSC Cruises) opens the naming ceremony
Suzanne Rowe and Andrea Stafford (both MSC).
Alana Shannon Byrne (MSC Cruises) and Antonio Paradiso (Managing Director UK & Ireland, MSC Cruises)
Mr and Mrs Jenny Rafter McCann and Don Shearer (Travelbiz.ie)

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