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MSC Divina, the third and latest addition to the flagship Fantasia class of MSC Cruises, is getting ready for open waters.
On September 3, the new cruise ship floated out of dry dock B at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and was transferred to dock C for final fitting and furnishing prior to her christening on May 26, 2012.
Set to make her debut in Marseille, the 140,000-ton ship will accommodate up to 4,363 guests. It is named in honor of actress Sophia Loren, who is the godmother of several MSC ships.
A select group of guests will witness the launching of MSC Divina, as she is slated to become the 12th ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet. The ship’s 18 decks, with 13 of them available for guests to use, will be named after the mythical gods of ancient Greece.
MSC Divina will also feature a Garden Pool, which has been designed as an upscale area for guests to enjoy a quiet retreat or a sunset gaze. Work has also begun on 400 of her 1,751 staterooms, having 100 more than her sister ships, MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, carry.
With construction begun more than a year ago, MSC Divina will sport cutting-edge, technical changes including more powerful propulsion motors, new alternators, and state-of-the-art HVAC chillers.
The cruise ship will also feature a new reverse osmosis system for fresh water production that requires 40 percent less power for operation, reducing its environmental impact.