July 3rd I flew to St Nazair, France, to witness the handover ceremony for MSC Splendida from the STX shipyard to MSC Cruises.
Here I recount the entire week of events from the handover to the following cruise (one week) ending with the christening ceremony in Barceloa featuring Sophia Loren.
The final ceremony was spectacular and if you want to see video of it just scroll down. Please continue to read the report and examine the pictures, however.
We start this report with the handover, then we sail out of the shipyard for the first time. This is followed by a week-long first cruise with passengers to Portugal and Spain. We examine the ship in detail.
Finally, we end in Barcelona where Sophia Loren boards the ship. The ceremony is spectacular and there is a ton of video I hope to upload soon. I have one video here of the actual christening where the champagne breaks and fireworks ensue.
Jose Carerra Sings
After Champaagne breaks fireworks ensue