MSC holds coin ceremony

Daniela Picco and Jeannette Le Queau, MSC Preziosa Godmothers

 MSC Cruises has marked construction of the MSC Preziosa by laying two commemorative coins in a traditional ceremony at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. 

The ceremony, which has become an institution in its own right, marks a construction milestone for the ship – which will be the 13th vessel in the MSC fleet and the fourth Fantasia class ship. 
“I am delighted to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of MSC Preziosa, the beautiful ship which will complete our celebrated Fantasia class. She will raise our total capacity to over 40,000 berths and, joining her sister ships MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Divina, will allow us to offer the unparalleled features of this new generation of ship all over the world,” said MSC Cruises CEO Pierfrancesco Vago. “While marking this occasion, I am also glad to officially announce that MSC Preziosa will be christened on 23 March in Genoa, Italy, one of the our most visited and best loved destinations, and her first homeport for 2013.”
The Preziosa has thus far garnered a lot of attention because of its previous life as ‘The Phoenician’ – and its affiliation to the Gaddafi family, which owned the vessel – where one of the features included a gigantic tank which housed Hannibal Gaddafi’s sharks. The current works are focusing on converting the vessel into an MSC ship.
The coins being welded to Preziosa’s mast radar

“I would like to take the opportunity of this new ceremony to congratulate both the MSC Cruises and STX teams for their joint commitment,” added Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France. “Some impressive shipbuilding figures illustrate the ambition which is at the heart of the Fantasia class project: 30,000 tonnes of steel, 2,000 km of cables, 1751 passenger cabins and, at the present moment, 1,000 people working every day on MSC Preziosa.  It is STX’s ambition to support MSC to become the European leader in the cruise market.”

When completed the vessel will be able to hold 4,345 passengers, making it one of the biggest ships ever to sail in the MSC fleet.
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