In exactly six months MSC Grandiosa will be christened in the port of Hamburg. I wanted to share this with you as Andy and I couldn’t be more excited for the maiden voyage as we will join the ship in Hamburg on November the 10th and make our way round to Marseille in the luxurious MSC Yacht Club.
Grandiosa will be MSC’s largest cruise ship to date with an extra 15 metres compared to Meraviglia and Bellissima. The Christening ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter, model and actress Michelle Hunziker who also presented the ceremony for MSC Seaview in 2018. Michelle grew up in Italy and is of Swiss descent. Speaking FIVE languages she embodies the spirit of MSC Cruises.
Highlights of Grandiosa are set to be:
- The iconic Meditteranean Promenade, the 98.5 metre long LED Domed promenade will be the heart of the ship and a hub for entertainment, shopping and dining experiences
- Speciality dining from the ever-popular Butcher’s Cut, L’Atelier French Bistrot, Hola! Tapas bar by two-Michelin starred chef Ramon Freixa and Kaito Sushi and Teppanyaki
- Virtual personal cruise assistant ZOE – Artificial intelligence guest service assistant in each cabin. The ship will also be enabled for MSC’s MSC For Me App which among other functions allows guests to check their account, Daily Programme and find their way around the ship.
- Two brand new state of the art shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. MSC have a unique long term partnership from the world famous company.
MSC Grandiosa will be the third ship of the Meraviglia generation and the first of the Meraviglia-plus class. She’ll be the 5th new ship launched in just two and a half years as part of MSC Cruises €13.6 billion investment plan for the next ten years.
Grandiosa will be followed by a further 12 ships leading us up until 2027 with MSC Virtuosa being the next ship to launch in October 2020.
We really enjoyed our time at the star studded Christening ceremony of MSC Belissima earlier this year and you can read more about that experience here. We’ve also cruised on MSC Meraviglia and you can read our review of her here.
With so many new ships on their way we’re sure there will be plenty more cruises, blogs and posts to come!
4 thoughts on “6 Months to Grandiosa!”
A ship cannot be christened it can only be named.
Hi Gavin, thank you for your comment. I’m sure you’re more than aware of the well-known and used terminology and the launch of ships and their naming is called the Christening.
Hello! Our family of 4 will also be travelling and jumping on the Grandiosa for the inaugural cruise. Will you be doing a sample cruise for just a few days? Or will you be doing the whole cruise? We are a excited and bit nervous. We are from Canada and have only cruised with NCL 8 times and Royal once. So this will be a totally new experience cruising with MSC. And of course it being inaugural, we know things may not go as smoothly as established cruises. But we just figured it would be great to be onboard a ship for the first time is really cool. And the trip itself is stopping at some amazing ports that usually wouldn’t be on one trip. Starting all the way in Hamburg and ended up all the way on the bottom side of Europe.
Can’t wait to hear back,
Hi, apologies for the delay in replying, we mainly focus on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/MSCUKForum/ – come join us if you haven’t already. We’ll be on from Hamburg round to Marseille – looking forward to some pampering in luxury