Yesterday the port of Genoa welcomed MSC Grandiosa, the largest cruise ship ever to call, and celebrated the moment with the exchanging of crests to officially mark the ship’s maiden call to the italian port.
The new MSC Cruises fleet flagship was delivered at the end of October by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire and now reached Genoa, her first home-port, after a two-weeks inaugural cruise following the Christening Ceremony in the port of Hamburg which took place on 9 November.
Genoa, MSC’s main cruise port globally
The port of Genoa has been MSC Cruises main port globally since the foundation and during 2019 more than 1.1 million cruise passengers were handled with 202 stops in port by a large part of the cruise line’s ships, included the previous flagship, MSC Bellissima.
In the incoming 12 months MSC Grandiosa will leave from Genoa 51 times, every Sunday, for seven-days cruises in the Western Mediterranean, calling in many italian ports (Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo and Messina), Valletta (Malta), Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Marseille (France).
Most environmentally-advanced ship at sea yet
MSC Grandiosa features a state-of-the-art selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system which helps reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 per cent through advanced active emissions control technology. Nitrogen oxide from the engine operations is conducted through a catalyst – a high-density device made from noble metals – and converts them into nitrogen and water, both harmless compounds. The ship is also equipped with shore-to-ship power which connects cruise ships while at berth to a port’s local power grid to further reduce the ship’s air emissions while in port to zero.
In addition, MSC Cruises recently announced its commitment to become the world’s first fully carbon neutral major global cruise line.
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