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  • msc-bellissima.jpg - Launched in March 2019, MSC Bellissima is the sleek 4,500-passenger smartship from MSC Cruises.
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MSC Bellissima: Voyage to the Persian Gulf on a megaship

Snapshot

Launched in March 2019, MSC Bellissima is the sleek new megaship from MSC Cruises, following in the steps of its sister, MSC Meraviglia, which debuted in June 2017.

MSC Bellissima features modern technology that passengers can use to make payments, book specialty restaurants and to help parents locate their children. (Cool.) It also boasts a voice-enabled, artificial intelligence digital cruise "assistant" called Zoe, placed in every cabin and pre-programmed to answer 800 cruise-related questions. (We'll reserve judgment.)

The ship's indoor promenade sports a 260-foot-tall LED ceiling that projects various scenes throughout the day. The promenade is the focal point of the ship, featuring shops, restaurants and bars. It is also home to the nightly parades, featuring the ship's onboard performers. Also in the evening you'll find two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, which were created exclusively for the ship. 

Where MSC Bellissima sails

MSC Bellisima  will spend her maiden season in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Persian Gulf, where it will cruise round-trip from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with exotic itineraries around the Gulf and to India and the Far East.

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Ship highlights

Highlights on MSC Bellissima include:

  • A desert themed water park — an oasis for all ages.
  • 12 international dining venues and 20 bars.
  • Galleria Bellissima, a 315-foot-long central promenade filled with restaurants and restful spots for shopping, eating, relaxing and socializing. In the evening, it comes alive with music, parties and entertainment.
  • An atmosphere pool featuring 100 sq.ft. of poolside space per guest during the sea and big-screen entertainment at night
  • MSC Cruises is known for its stage shows, and Bellissima features two original Cirque du Soleil at Sea productions.
  • For those who opt for a high-end sailing, MSC Yacht Club offers a ship within a ship with access to myriad recreation, entertainment and dining options.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Exotic destinations
  • Where: Art museum in Doha, Qatar

Fast facts

4,500 Passengers [?]
1,400 Crew
18 Decks
2019 Maiden voyage
171,598 Tonnage [?]
1,036 Length in feet
141 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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