MSC Cruises launches Fantasia

Friday, 19 December 2008 12:00 AM

MSC Fantasia takes to the waves

MSC Fantasia takes to the waves

Naples has played host the christening of MSC Cruises' new flagship, MSC Fantasia.

The ribbon was cut by Sophia Loren - an Oscar-winning actress and ambassador for Naples and Italy around the world - supported by a Nepalese cast featuring - Renzo Arbore and the Orchestra Italiana, Lucio Dalla and Pino Daniele.

Taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and longer than the Eiffel Tower, the MSC Fantasia was designed by one of the world's leading names in naval architecture, De Jorio Design International.

She combines traditional Italian elegance with ground-breaking technological features, all dedicated to superior guest comfort and unprecedented environmental protection.

MSC Fantasia marks the beginning of a new era in cruising, where the ship becomes a destination in itself, and has space for 3,959 passengers.

"I am immensely proud that the christening of this exceptional vessel is taking place in the extraordinary city of Naples," said Pierfrancesco Vago, chief of MSC Cruises.

"MSC Fantasia is not only a beautiful ship, but also a triumph of environmentally-friendly design and technological innovation, where every step taken on board holds the promise of exciting new experiences.

He added: "Naples is famous for its vibrancy, creativity and professionalism, qualities that have greatly contributed to MSC Cruises' success over the years, and which are amply reflected in tonight's event. I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been involved in making this fantasy a reality."

Chris O'Toole

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