Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2021
MSC Cruises has recently taken delivery of MSC Virtuosa, the latest ship to join its fleet. According to the tradition, a small and private flag ceremony was held at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France between the shipyard and MSC Cruises where MSC Virtuosa received her official flag and blessings for good fortune. The ceremony was attended in person by the Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, his wife Alexa Aponte-Vago and their children as well as representatives from MSC Cruises new builds team along with executives and workers from the shipyard.
MSC Virtuosa features some of the most advanced technology currently available, including hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems and cutting-edge selective catalytic reduction systems; wastewater treatment systems; and an underwater radiated noise management system, with hull and engine room designs that minimise acoustic sound impact. The new flagship, MSC Virtuosa will come into service for the summer season from April 16, with four cruises in the Mediterranean.
Chairman Vago said in a statement that he along with his family could not miss the opportunity to welcome in person the newest member of the fleet. He mentioned that the delivery of MSC Virtuosa at such a challenging time for the industry symbolises how as a family company MSC continues to look at the longer term and build its future. Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, added that he is proud of what the teams have accomplished together, despite a difficult sanitary context.
He shared that with the construction of MSC Virtuosa, the company have reached a level of finish and performance that will give future MSC Virtuosa guests the best that cruising has to offer. He mentioned that the sixteenth built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique for MSC Cruises is therefore an example that will be difficult to overtake.