MSC Cruises

May 27, 2012 09:23 ET

Sophia Loren Christens New Ship During Star-Studded Ceremony Featuring Gerard Depardieu and Paolo Conte

MSC Divina Christening Video Available for Download for a Limited Time

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - May 27, 2012) - The video of international screen legend Sophia Loren, actor Gerard Depardieu and Italian singer, pianist and composer Paolo Conte participating in the christening ceremony for the newest member of the MSC Cruises' fleet, MSC Divina, is available for download by media outlets now through 2 a.m. EST Monday, May 28.

To download the video, go to IP:; use login mscdivina and password B15e20E26M12.

MSC Divina, the 12th jewel in the MSC Cruises fleet, was welcomed during yesterday's gala ceremony in Marseille, France, and was officially christened by Sophia Loren, godmother to the MSC Cruises fleet.

The celebration included aerial artists Captens Aerobatic Display Team and the Brietling Jet Team, local folk group La Poulido de Gèmo and a medley of MSC Divina's theatrical shows.

Gerard Depardieu, one of Europe's most accomplished actors and talented leading men, narrated the events and the story of MSC Divina. Also in attendance were numerous international stars, including classical performer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, a supporter of the joint MSC Cruises and UNICEF Get on Board for Children initiative which funds a project for education equality for disadvantaged children in Brazil that has raised more than $1.3 million to date. Vengerov took to the stage with local children and released hundreds of UNICEF balloons and delighted guests with a violin solo.

The event's featured performer was critically acclaimed Italian singer, pianist and composer Paolo Conte.

The highlight of the evening was the floodlit ceremony and parade of the ship's officers, when Sophia Loren -- godmother of the MSC Cruises' fleet -- cut the ribbon and named MSC Divina to a crescendo of champagne, confetti, and sparkling fountains.

About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises, the world's fastest growing and fourth largest cruise line, is a privately-held, family-owned, Mediterranean cruise line with a fleet of 11 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. Its 12th ship, MSC Divina, a sister ship to MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, debuts in May of 2012, with sister ship MSC Preziosa scheduled to join the fleet in March 2013. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa.

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