10 facts about MSC Bellissima – the new £1billion cruise ship named in the UK

One of the most highly-anticipated cruise ships is making her big debut this weekend!

MSC Bellissima is celebrating her naming ceremony in Southampton, making her the biggest every cruise ship to be named in the UK.

The new addition to MSC Cruises’ fleet will be host to thousands of revellers for the big moment, with stars including the ship’s godmother Sofia Loren, as well as Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Craig David on hand to help celebrate.

The ceremony will be hosted by Holly Willoughby, and there will be plenty of fun and surprises for passengers as they discover the ship.

But how much do you know about MSC Bellissima? We take a look at 10 interesting facts about the swanky new ship…

MSC Bellissima

1. MSC Bellissima boasts a gross tonnage of 171,598 with a maximum passenger capacity of 5,686.

2. She’s the first MSC ship to feature the cruise line’s new voice-activated speaking assistant, Zoe. (Think Amazon’s Alexa but for cruise ships). Zoe can speak seven languages and answer over 800 of the most commonly asked questions.

3. Bellissima is the sixth biggest ship in the world. She will be the biggest ever ship to have been named in the UK.

4. The ship’s deck surface area is equivalent to 63 football pitches.


5. It cost £1billion to build and deck out MSC Bellissima, from the swanky cabins and tech features to the pools and yachy club.

6. Over 300 hours of live music will feature per cruise holiday.

7. The ship boasts sparkling glass staircases filled with Swarovski crystals.

8. There are over 20 bars and lounges on board – and if you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck as the ship uses 1.5 tons of chocolate each month in the chocolaterie!

9. The ship’s godmother is actress Sophia Loren.

10. MSC Bellissima will be sailing on a host of seven-night itineraries in the Mediterranean, but there are plans to have cruise holidays to the Emirates and China too.

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