The New MSC Bellissima and the Latest News


With less than 100 days to go before the official naming of the MSC Bellissima, MSC have given us a insight on what it will look like.

Our editor Donna will be attending the star-studded three day event on behalf of Cruising with Kids. The MSC Bellissima naming ceremony will take place in Southampton on 2nd March 2019. Here’s why we – particularly Donna – are excited:

Back in May we were invited to see MSC Bellissima in construction in France. Lisa was the lucky Cruising With Kids editor who flew out to the STX ship yard in Saint Nazaire to see MSC’s next ship taking shape. You can read about her visit to MSC Bellissima or watch the highlights video below:

MSC Bellissima naming ceremony

Now we have been invited to the MSC Bellissima naming ceremony in Southampton this coming March.

Antonio Paradiso MD for MSC Cruises UK & Ireland said:

The event, as always, promises to be a star studded, glittering affair with over 5,000 people attending over the three day period from over 20 countries around the world. We have so much still to announce over the next few months from the celebrity acts that are performing at the ceremony to the concepts and show names for the new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows.

To say I am excited is an understatement! The last MSC ship I visited was the Preziosa and I was completely awe stuck at its beauty. You will be transported on a feast for your eyes as well as finding new inventions at every turn.

MSC Bellissima is floated out and moved to the new dock

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What to expect from MSC Bellissima

The ship is the second of the much loved Meraviglia generation ships and now MSC Cruises have also announced new details about the onboard products. The ship promises to be glamorous, state of the art and rich in technology. This includes:

  • a brand new restaurant concept, HOLA!, which is Tapas by Michelin starred chef Ramón Freixa
  • seven dedicated children area’s plus a magic themed kids area with a new DOREMI Magic concept
  • Cirque du Soleil  sea shows and a broadway theatre with six new shows
  • a shopping area housing more than 200 shops with plenty of brands so you can shop to your heart’s content.
  • The MSC Bellissima to be equipped with the most modern environmental technology and energy-saving features
  • The Arizona waterpark will have three magnificent slides and the ship will also have four pools and nine whirlpools.

MSC Bellisima entertainment


AI onboard – your virtual host

Guests on board MSC Bellissima will experience the world’s first digital cruise assistant, Zoe. She is also available in seven languages designed to answer the most commonly asked questions in the comfort of your cabin. Zoe is a voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence device. She will be fitted into each cabin and has been custom designed for the cruise experience in partnership with HARMAN International. She is designed to elevate the guest service experience to the next level. It truly brings start-of-the-art technology to enhance and enrich life on board.

 MSC Bellissima in dry Dock at night

New dining options on MSC Bellissima

Located on deck 6 at the heart of the iconic Mediterranean-style promenade, HOLA! Tapas Bar welcomes you into an amazing culinary experience. Created by the two Michelin starred chef Ramón Freixa it is designed as a social dining experience where guests can enjoy shared plates of the Mediterranean way of life. Throughout the day, HOLA! Tapas Bar will be bustling and featuring an array of delicious dishes. HOLA! is contemporary in style but a warm and open space with both communal and individual seating.

In addition to the new restaurant concept from Freixa, guests will be spoiled for choice with 12 international dining venues. Alongside this will be 20 bars to choose from including a new French specialty restaurant L’Atelier Bistrot.

The ship will also feature acclaimed pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury’s Chocolaterie and Chocolate Bar. This is dedicated entirely to unique and elegant chocolate creations and desserts.

New tapas restaurant concept from Michelin starred chef Ramon Freixa

Family entertainment on MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima will be the second MSC Cruises ship to feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea. The Bellissimo has two brand new shows designed exclusively for MSC Cruises guests. This long-standing partnership with world-leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, will also see a further four new shows created for sister ships MSC Grandiosa, launching November 2019, and MSC Virtuosa, launching in 2020. The new shows are yet to be revealed.

Cirque Du Soleil at Sea onboard MSC Cruises

Be prepared to experience entertainment around the clock with a brand new Grand Canyon theme for the aqua park and three exhilarating water slides to a full-size bowling alley and F1 simulator. The XD cinema is fun and interactive for entertaining guests of all ages. Six brand new West-End style theatre shows will wow guests every evening in the 985 seat theatre. There will be a full programme of activities, which are organised and hosted by the onboard entertainment team.

The MSC Bellissima will  feature an iconic Mediterranean-style promenade with an 80-metre LED sky screen. This will be the social hub of the ship. The shopping gallery with more than 200 brands will be perfect for those who love some retail-therapy. For others looking for relaxation and rejuvenation, the authentic Balinese MSC Aurea Spa offers 79 different body and facial treatments alongside a stunning thermal area.

The MSC Bellissimo will  feature an iconic Mediterranean-style promenade with an 80-metre LED screen. The shopping gallery with over 200 brands

MSC Cruises is renowned for the award-winning kids offering across the fleet. The MSC Bellissima is no exception to this. It is further enhanced with activities and facilities designed in partnership with LEGO® and Chicco. An impressive 700m² children’s play area will bring a brand-new School of Magic programme. Also a weekly Magic Talent Show to bring a truly extraordinary touch to young travellers’ holidays.


An environmentally-friendly cruise ship

In addition to offering the very latest in guest technology, MSC Bellissima will be fitted with a large number of environmental features. The innovative technology will reduce her environmental footprint. Just like her sister ship MSC Meraviglia she will be equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system for cleaner emissions as well as an advanced wastewater treatment system. You will also find smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems throughout. LED lighting and smart devices will also significantly save energy. This is all part of MSC Cruises’ commitment to provide guests with the best holiday experiences at sea in a sustainable way.

If all this hasn’t got you excited enough about MSC Bellissima then check out the preview below from MSC Cruises.

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  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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