MSC Cruises has taken delivery of MSC Virtuosa, the latest highly-innovative, environmentally-conscious ship to join its fleet.
A small and private flag ceremony was held on Feb. 1 at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France between the shipyard and MSC Cruises where MSC Virtuosa received her official flag and blessings for good fortune.
The ceremony was attended by executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, his wife Alexa Aponte-Vago and their children as well as representatives from MSC Cruises new builds team along with executives and workers from the shipyard.
"...with each new ship we continue to push boundaries and innovate our product offering with new and unique experiences for our guests," stated Vago.
On MSC Virtuosa, this includes a humanoid bartender at sea that will be the star of a futuristic, immersive experience using cutting-edge technologies.
Dining has also been enhanced with two new restaurant concepts that showcase popular international cuisines to take guests on a gastronomic journey of discovery.
"This is of course in addition to the richness of experience that already sets us apart such as the grand-scale nightly theatrical shows, the award-winning family offering, industry-leading guest technology, of course the now iconic promenade with a stunning 91.8 metre long LED sky dome that is the social heart of the ship and more," Vago said.
When it comes to the environment, MSC Virtuosa features some of the most advanced technology currently available, including: hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) and cutting-edge selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR); wastewater treatment systems in line with the International Maritime Organization’s MEPC 227(64) Resolution; shore-to-ship power connectivity; as well as, underwater radiated noise management system, with hull and engine room designs that minimise acoustic sound impact, reducing their potential effects on marine fauna, amongst other.
She has also received 11 Golden Pearls from Bureau Veritas for her range of innovative aspects including environmental protection and health and safety.
MSC Virtuosa is the first cruise ship in the world to receive a BIORISK notation from Bureau Veritas in recognition of her ability to mitigate and manage infectious disease risk for passengers.
“Our long-term goal is to achieve a zero-impact cruise operation and this is the journey we are on today," said Mr. Vago. "MSC Virtuosa represents another important step in this direction together with our other investments in the accelerated development of next-generation environmental technology. It also confirms our long-term firm commitment to achieving this ambitious goal.”
The company’s new flagship MSC Virtuosa will come into service for the summer season from April 16, with four cruises in the Mediterranean of three, four and 10-nights before the ship moves to her new homeport of Kiel, where she will commence her Northern Europe itineraries from May 8.
The Meraviglia-generation ships to which ships like MSC Virtuosa belong are characterized by the iconic 101-metre-long promenade with LED sky dome as the social heart of the ship.
The two-deck space is lined with boutiques, restaurants and bars. In the evening, it comes alive with music, entertainment and more.
MSC Virtuosa is the sister ship of MSC Grandiosa, the first vessel of any major cruise line to return to the seas this summer successfully hosting to-date nearly 40,000 guests under the protection of MSC Cruises’ industry-leading health and safety protocol currently performing 7-night itineraries in the Western Mediterranean.
2021 will see two the launch of two new MSC Cruises next-generation ships – the second one being MSC Seashore - bringing the fleet total to 19, with a further four to be launched by 2025.
Fast Facts – MSC Virtuosa
- 19 decks named after famous composers
- At 331 metres long, this ship has an extra 16 metres versus MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima with more public space and more cabins
- 21 bars, 4 main restaurants and 5 specialty restaurants with two brand new restaurants and one new specialty bar
- A 945-seat theatre offering different large-scale productions every night
- 12 different cabin types including 190 family cabins that can be connected to create Super Family cabins, accommodating up to six people or Super Family Plus accommodating up to 12 people
- 5 pools including a magrodome pool on deck 15
- A Himalayan Bridge on deck 19 offering a fun rope course 80 metres above the water
- 1,168 sqm of retail space with 11 different boutique
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