MSC Cruises MSC Orchestra Passes Sea Trials

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (April 3, 2007) – MSC Orchestra, the newest ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet, successfully completed its sea trials March 22-25 and will soon be on the way to begin its inaugural season.

Onboard during the trials were technicians from MSC Cruises and Aker Yards in France, which built the 89,600-ton Panamax vessel. Also on board were representatives of Bureau Veritas, which certified the ship as meeting its guidelines, and technicians from the various sub-contractors (such as electrical, propulsion, etc.). Officials report that the results of all the tests were “excellent.”

The ship officially will be delivered to MSC Cruises on Monday, April 30. At that time, it will be re-flagged under the flag of Panama.

On Saturday, May 5, MSC Orchestra will set sail from St. Nazaire, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), where a formal christening will take place on May 14 with godmother Sophia Loren. Following the ceremonies, the ship will move to Venice, where it will be homeported for the summer season, sailing 7-night roundtrip itineraries to Bari, Katakalon, izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik.

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