A few days after the baptism of MSC Seashore in Ocean Cay (Bahamas), MSC Cruises, the third cruise brand in the world, celebrated the baptism of its new flagship on November 27 in Dubai MSC Virtuosa, with an important international event that testifies to the Company’s confidence in the future of the cruise industry and its long-term commitment to the United Arab Emirates.
Also this time, godmother of the ceremony is Sophia Loren, an absolute icon of world cinema, who has already baptized 17 of the 19 ships that make up the modern MSC fleet.
MSC Virtuosa, equipped with latest maritime technologies available, it is one of the largest and most advanced cruise ships in the world also in terms of attention to the environment. The Company, in fact, shares with the United Arab Emirates the remarkable goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and the new cruise ship represents another step towards achieving this fundamental milestone.
MSC Virtuosa, which has been designed to deliver a dazzling experience with innovative features and facilities, can accommodate up to 6334 passengers (in addition to 1704 crew members), has 10 restaurants, 21 bars and lounges, five swimming pools, 19 decks and will offer splendid itineraries in the Arabian Sea, based in Dubai, throughout the winter season.
Guests will be able to admire some of the most beautiful destinations in the Gulf region, including Sir Bani Yas Island, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, on board they will be spoiled with the best of international cuisine, relaxing bars and lounges, world-class entertainment, and they will find the largest shopping area at sea, spa and fitness center, a water park and club for children and teenagers.
Leonardo Massa, Managing director of MSC Cruises also tells us:
“This ship was actually delivered to us in March 2021, it operated throughout the 2021 season with weekly cruises from England, in the autumn it was positioned in the Mediterranean where it made 7 and 9 day cruises, then came to positioning itself here in Dubai where, starting from 28 November with its maiden voyage, it will carry out the entire winter season with weekly cruises that depart from Dubai and reach some emirates but also Doha “, reads a press release from the company.
But that’s not all.
The main feature of MSC Virtuosa is the iconic promenade of 112 meters with a magnificent LED dome, the social heart of the ship.
In addition, a unique feature that awaits passengers is the brand new MSC Starship Club, available exclusively on board the MSC Virtuosa, starring Rob, the world’s first futuristic humanoid bartender that we have had the opportunity to put to the test.
The inauguration event in Port Rashid, which takes place in compliance with all public safety and health protocols, not only coincides with the World EXPO 2020 in Dubai but is also part of the celebrations surrounding the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates United (in fact we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates of which Dubai is part together with the 6 emirates which are, we remember, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain).