MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of the MSC Virtuosa at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, over the weekend.
The MSC Virtuosa will be the second Meraviglia-Plus ship after MSC Grandiosa. The ship will now move to a wet dock for further construction and fitting until she is delivered in October 2020, according to the company.
The sixth MSC Cruises ship to enter service since 2017, the MSC Virtuosa will be as highly equipped as MSC Grandiosa with cutting-edge technologies and the second ship in the company’s fleet to have a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and next-generation advanced wastewater treatment system (AWTS) to minimize her environmental footprint.
The MSC Virtuosa’s maiden voyage will be a seven-night, six-port Western Mediterranean cruise in November 2020 from Genoa, Italy. After a winter season in the Mediterranean, the MSC Virtuosa will be deployed in summer 2021 to Northern Europe with itineraries to the Norwegian fjords and Baltic capital cities.
Photos: Bernard Biger – Chantiers de l’Atlantique