Built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, by MSC Cruises a 1 billion direct investment in Italy
MSC Seascapethe largest and most technologically advanced vessel ever built in Italy, was baptized in New York during a ceremony that saw the presence of over 3,000 people, important international guests, numerous US authorities and hundreds of journalists from all over the world, as well as the top management of the Cruise Division and the entire MSC group.
Among the highlights of the christening ceremony, the performance of Matteo Bocelli, now internationally famous singer, the ‘virtual’ blessing of the ship by Sophia Loren, icon of world cinema, and the cutting of the ribbon by Alexa Aponte-Vago, daughter of the founder and Executive Chairman of the MSC Group, Gianluigi Aponte. In welcoming the new ship, an expression of the most technological and refined Made in Italy, Sophia Loren said: “One of the best moments of the last 20 years was presiding over the naming ceremonies of the MSC Cruises fleet, not only because The Apontes have become like family to me, but also because MSC has always held a special place in my heart. Let me bless MSC Seascape, her great crew and all her passengers.” Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a gourmet gala dinner and a performance by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.
The choice of New York – MSC Cruises’ new homeport in the United States – confirms the important role of the American market in MSC Cruises’ growth strategies and also offers guests from the United States and the rest of the world an even greater choice wide range of ports of embarkation and itineraries in North America. Immediately after her christening in the Big Apple, MSC Seascape will sail to the Caribbean to compete together with her sister ship MSC Seashore and the other MSC Cruises ships – authoritative ambassadors of Made in Italy – in the most important cruise market in the world.
Built by Fincantieri at the Monfalcone shipyard, MSC Seascape requested from MSC Cruises a direct investment in Italy of around 1 billion euros, which in turn generated an economic impact on the country of around 5 billion, while ensuring thousands of jobs. MSC Seascape is the fourth ship built for MSC by Fincantieri, out of a total of 10 ships ordered so far from the Italian shipyard, for a total investment exceeding 7 billion euros.
Launched a few weeks after MSC World Europa, MSC Cruises’ first LNG (liquefied natural gas) ship, MSC Seascape will be followed in June 2023 by MSC Euribia, the company’s second ship powered by LNG, the greenest fossil fuel currently available on large scale on the market.