A rendering of how both MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima will look.

The fourth of 11 new ships in the future pipeline for European cruise brand MSC Cruises has been named MSC Bellissima, the line announced over the weekend.

Built at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, on the western coast of France, the 4,500-passenger vessel will be a sister ship to MSC Meraviglia, which at the same time as the announcement was floated out of its dock for the next stage of its construction – the fitting and customisation period. Meraviglia will be the first of two ships in this line, entering service for MSC Cruises early next year.

The next generation of ships from MSC will house a number of innovations new to the line, including the Carousel Lounge, a circular entertainment venue which will serve as the home to Cirque du Soleil at sea – the first time the global illusion show has been performed on a cruise ship anywhere in the world.

Purpose built for Cirque du Soleil, the Carousel Theatre will be a dinner and show combination.
Purpose built for Cirque du Soleil, the Carousel Theatre will be a dinner and show combination.

Family entertainment offerings will see a Kids Amusement Park on the same deck as the MSC Kids Club for the first time, an ongoing partnership between the line and LEGO to ensure plenty of toy blocks for kids to enjoy, a studio lab and tech lab run by DOREMI, broadcasting life entertainment throughout the ship and allowing older kids to experiment and learn about some of the exciting new technology coming soon. Outdoors, the ship will feature three water slides and the “Himalayan Bridge” which will cross the width of the top deck.

Other facilities onboard both Meraviglia and Bellissima include a nearly 100m long Mediterranean marketplace featuring dining and entertainment options on both sides, with an LED Sky running above, meaning that regardless of the weather outside during the day, it will always be fine and sunny in this part of the ship and a comfortable, warm evening at night.

MSC Bellissima is due to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019, with no details yet available on which part of the world the ship will sail its maiden cruises.