MSC Virtuosa’s float-out in Saint-Nazaire

Nine months after the Coin Ceremony, MSC Virtuosa has touched the water for the first time with the float-out ceremony in Saint-Nazaire.

The float-out is a key milestone in the construction of a cruise ship, as it is the moment when the vessel is first touched by water as her dry dock is flooded and the ship is moved to a wet dock for the final phase of her construction. The exterior of the ship is now complete and work moves to complete interiors, fixtures and furnishings.

Due to be delivered in November 2020, she will become the fourth Meraviglia Class ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the second of three Meraviglia-Plus ships, a larger and enriched version of the Meraviglia prototype, debuted with MSC Grandiosa some weeks ago.

MSC Virtuosa will showcase an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the ground-breaking feature unique to Meraviglia generation ships that serves as the social hub of the ship. This award-winning promenade will host surprise performances, including flash mobs and themed parties as well as the awe-inspiring projections on the even longer 98.5-metre LED Sky screen.

As other Meraviglia class ships, MSC Virtuosa will feature two brand new exclusive shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. This is part of a long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in artistic entertainment.

Cover photo: Christian Plagué

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