MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Bellissima has come into service after a glittering naming ceremony held on March 2nd.

The new addition to the MSC Cruises fleet has become the largest ship to be launched in Southampton. The event has captured the essence of the ship’s name Bellissima, which means “possessing intense beauty, delighting the senses,” with a stunning array of live entertainment and performances by world renowned guests.


Sophia Loren

Italian screen legend Sophia Loren was born in Rome and grew up in Naples. She began working at a young age as a character in photo-romance magazines and fought hard to win her first small roles in films. From there her talent and beauty made her an Italian and international icon, known and admired all over the world. Considered the most popular Italian actress of all time, she has won numerous awards, including an Oscar for her role in La Ciociara (Two Women). Loren is godmother to the entire MSC Cruises fleet.

Andrea Bocelli

A mellow and recognizable voice like a signature, which resounds in over eighty million records, Andrea Bocelli has been declared everywhere in the world the testimony of the highest Italian vocal tradition.

A record holding artist, of concerts in front of huge audiences, he beat all disco records. He has always been committed to spreading messages of positivity, hope, and perseverance at a global level, and in supporting social causes with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

Matteo Bocelli

Matteo Bocelli is an Italian tenor and musician. On July 2016, Matteo made his debut as a tenor in front of twelve thousand spectators at the Teatro del Silenzio. Performing alongside the likes of Leo Nucci and Sumi Jo, he sang arias from operas by Giuseppe Verdi.

In March 2017, Matteo participated in the David Foster and Friends competition for the Horatio Alger Award, in Washington. In 2018, he collaborated with his father on the song ‘Fall on me’, which is part of Bocelli Sr.’s album ‘Sì’.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea

MSC Cruises and world leader in live entertainment Cirque du Soleil have partnered to offer a unique onboard entertainment experience on our Meraviglia generation ships, each featuring its purpose-designed multi-millioneuro entertainment and dining venue, the Carousel Lounge.

Here guests can enjoy dinner or cocktails before watching the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances.

A total of eight original shows will be created. The first two shows are currently available onboard MSC Meraviglia and now, two brand new shows are coming to MSC Bellissima starting March 2019.

Holly Willoughby

TV presenter and author Holly Willoughby is currently best known for presenting ‘This Morning’ (ITV), ‘Dancing on Ice’ (ITV) and ‘Celebrity Juice’ (ITV2), plus a recent stint in the jungle, co-hosting ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’.

Discovered by Storm Modelling Agency at the age of 14, Holly swiftly became the face of Rimmel and body of Pretty Polly, and is now the face of Garnier Nutrisse Pearly Blondes and BB Cream, as well as Brand Ambassador for M&S. She is the author of children’s books with her sister Kelly and two baby books.

Chelsea FC

MSC Cruises have partnered with the world renowned Chelsea Football Club. The partnership will create unforgettable experiences for customers and fans in every part of the globe, with the opportunity to meet Chelsea players, enjoy hospitality box access at their Stamford Bridge stadium, as well as signed merchandise. Chelsea FC have achieved an impressive sustained period of success, winning more major trophies than any other Premier League Club in the last 15 years. The club boasts also one of the most successful youth academies and is leading the way in the UK’s fastest growing sport with Chelsea Women FC.

Craig David

Winner of Best Male at the 2016 MOBO Awards, Best collaboration with Bastille at the 2018 NME Awards, 14 x Brit nominee and 6 x Grammy awards nominee, Craig is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and DJ who needs no introduction. With 15 million albums sales worldwide, 5 million singles and over a billion streams to his name.

From his Number 1 debut album “Born To Do It” to chart-buster “Following My Intuition” 19 years later in 2016, this man’s music goes straight to the heart and stays there.

Leee John of Imagination

With an International career spanning over three decades both as LEEE JOHN of IMAGINATION and as a highly popular solo artist, multimillion selling Artist LEEE JOHN is loved the world over for many wonderful classic timeless soul-dance hit songs such as, Body Talk, Just an illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights and Changes.
As a Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Director he continuously delivers across multiple music genres, with a distinctive combination of soul, funk, Brit jazz with a classic contemporary retro sound with the critically soul acclaimed new album “Retropia”.

Nile Rodgers & Chic

Multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers is legendary for constantly traversing new musical terrain and expanding the boundaries of popular music.
As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak” and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times”. Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s won him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016).

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