FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, June 9: MSC Splendida, the second in MSC Cruisesâ€™ luxurious â€œFantasiaâ€ class of cruise ships, is scheduled to be christened in Barcelona on July 12 during a ceremony featuring several world-class performers.
Italian icon Sophia Loren welcomes MSC Splendida as the latest addition to the MSC Cruisesâ€™ fleet amidst lavish festivities. She continues the tradition of serving as the shipâ€™s godmother, as she has for MSC Lirica, MSC Opera, MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Fantasia. Like MSC Splendida, Loren represents the epitome of Italian elegance and style.
Jose Carreras, internationally-known Spanish operatic lyric tenor, lends his memorable voice to the celebration as well. Carreras was one of the â€œThree Tenorsâ€ (along with the Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti and the Spanish singer PlÃ¡cido Domingo); they are credited with helping find a broader audience for opera. The recording of their first performance together, Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti in Concert, won a Grammy Award in 1991.
Cruising the heart of the Mediterranean and the adjacent European Atlantic seaboard, MSC Splendida is set to embark on a series of inspiring itineraries to many of historyâ€™s most famous sites. Alexandria, Ashdod, Athens, Barcelona, Casablanca, Crete, Genoa, Madeira, Malta, Malaga, Naples, Olympia, Rhodes, Rome, Taormina, Tenerife, and Tunis are among the destinations. Designed by De Joro Design Studio, MSC Splendidaâ€™s interiors will complement these famous sites of history with exuberant modern and classically refined Italian designs featuring many natural and traditional materials. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit www.MSCCruisesUSA.com or a local travel professional.