MSC Divina - the Christening of a Diva
MSC Cruises newest 'diva', MSC Divina, was officially christened on Saturday, in Marseille, France, by screen legend and godmother, Sophia Loren. The high-profile event was themed "Med with Passion", to reflect the vessel's embodiment of Mediterranean style, and included a gala dinner and entertainment.
The exclusive event was opened with a breaktaking aerobatic and jet plane show, performed by the Captens Aerobatic Display Team and the Breitling Jet Team respectively. A local folk group, Paulido de Gemo, also performed, as they put on a celebration of the regional culture of Provence through music and dance. Other entertainment included an 8-minute medley of MSC Divina's production shows, and acclaimed Italian pianist and composer, Paolo Conte, also took to the stage.
Guests were treated to two signature gourmet menus by French chef Christian Constant, who gave traditional dishes a modern twist, in honour of the new ship. Sophia Loren officially named the ship at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a shower of confetti and a water display.
The christening of MSC Cruises' 12th vessel was streamed online with Gerard Depardieu narrating the event, and online presenters hosting it in English and French. "The MSC Divina christening is a declaration for love of the sea, for the Mediterranean culture and for good food," said Depardieu.
The event paid homage to Marseille and its history, as is the MSC Cruises'tradition of christening
their ships in different European ports. "We could not have found a better choice than Marseille, where the majority of our French guests embark all year round and where MSC ships will call 80 times in 2012, bringing over 280,000 international guests to the region," said MSC Cruises CEO Pier Francesco Vago.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 29 May 2012; etravelblackboard, Monday 28 May 2012