The MSC Grandiosa arrived in Brazil for its first winter season in South America.
Repositioning from the Western Mediterranean, the 4,888-guest vessel docked at its new homeport in Santos on Nov. 25.
To mark the occasion, MSC Cruises invited over 2,800 guests for a celebration onboard the 177,100-ton cruise ship, which also became the largest ever to operate in Brazil.
“It is a great source of pride to have a ship like this here, bringing passengers to travel within our country,” said the company’s Brazil Country Manager Adrian Ursilli.
He also noted that the Grandiosa is MSC’s 17th new ship to arrive in Brazil since the debut of MSC Armonia in 2004.
The event included a symbolic christening of the Grandiosa that saw Marlene Ribeiro – the longest-tenured employee of MSC Cruises in Brazil – serving as godmother.
“MSC Cruises is a family company. Everyone is always together and in good spirits. The choice of the MSC Grandiosa godmother is a demonstration of this,” said Fabio Gatti, the company’s Global Director of Entertainment.
Part of a six-ship program in the region, the MSC Grandiosa is now offering a series of cruises to different Brazilian destinations.
In addition to Santos, the ship’s regular seven-night itineraries feature visits to Salvador, Maceió and Búzios.
Set to be repeated through late March, the cruise can be started at any of the ports of call, with the exception of Búzios.
The MSC Grandiosa was built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France and originally entered service in 2019.
Part of MSC Cruises’ five-ship Meraviglia Class, the vessel offers several different amenities, including the Galleria Grandiosa, a 112-meter-long central promenade that features a huge LED dome.
The Grandiosa also offers a selection of bars and lounges, as well as a complete water park, and over ten dining venues.