STX Europe - Bernard Biger
A little more than a month remaining before she makes her much-awaited splash on the world cruise stage, MSC Divina looked a picture completing her recent sea trials.
After three days on the open waters off the coast of Brittany in France, the newly-unveiled 12th addition to the ever-expanding MSC Cruises fleet returned to the Louis Joubert dock with the thumbs up sign from those on board.
The ship performed to the full satisfaction of the MSC Cruises team, informed Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.
In referring to the report, Mrs Clarke said the rigorous trials involved around 360 people and over 60 separate tests, covering everything from speed and manageability to sound levels and vibration. All looks ship shape for MSC Divinas official naming by the ships godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren, in Marseille on May 26, she said. We all wait with great excitement and anticipation.
Despite the excellent report card, further testing will be performed continuously until the next big event on MSC Divinas busy schedule; the flag exchange ceremony in Saint-Nazaire on 19th May which is a week prior to the Grand Gala christening event on the 26th.
To begin her life in the Mediterranean, MSC Divina the third member in MSC Cruises Fantasia class with its ship-within-a-ship MSC Yacht Club - will sail on a six-night cruise from Marseille to Venice, calling on Civitavecchia (Rome), Messina in Italy, Maltas Valletta and Dubrovnik in Croatia.
The newcomer, which measures more than 330 metres long with a gross tonnage of 138,000 and capability to cater for 4363 passengers, will follow that with a series of seven-night East Mediterranean cruises, prices starting at $939 per person, twin share.
Cruise fans will be able to connect these cruises with seven-night West Mediterranean cruises aboard MSC Splendida from MSC Cruises Grand Mediterranean Experience two ships and 14 nights, prices beginning at $1598pp twin share.
Details: MSC Cruises, phone 1300 028502, www.msccruises.com.au
Source = MSC Cruises