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MSC Musica - MSC Cruises - cruise ship review & photos

You can book a cruise that is like a classical symphony. Or one that resembles a stomping disco tune. If we compare cruises with musical styles, you will find there are many genres afloat. With her contemporary, bold exterior and colorful interiors MSC Cruises' newest ship could well be representing a new repertoire on the Seven Seas. Named MSC Musica by Ela Aponte in a flashy ceremony at Aker Yard's St. Nazaire facility, the 89,600 ton vessel was designed with a European clientele in mind.  

All aboard MSC Musica!

With hundreds of guests from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France on the quayside, the naming ceremony of MSC Musica proved to be a festive affair. As soon as French actor Gérard Depardieu eloquently recited a poem and the champagne bottle crashed on the vessel's hull, musicians came sailing down from the skies setting the tone of the rest of the evening. 

The next day MSC Musica left her place of birth St. Nazaire and set course for Venice, where she was named again on June 29, this time by MSC Cruises' fleet godmother Sophia Loren. A few days later she started the first of many sell-out weeklong Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Venice.  

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Built: 2006
Building Yard: Aker Yards, St. Nazaire
Gross Tonnage: 89,600
Length: 293.8 m (963.6 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (105.6 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 2,550
Passengers (max): 3,013
Crew: 987
Service speed: 23.0 knots
Sister ships: MSC Orchestra (2007) MSC Poesia (2008)
MSC Musica - this photo © Michel Jeannot
View of Aker Yards, St. Nazaire from MSC Musica
Godmother of MSC Musica Ela Aponte, accompanied by MSC Musica's Captain Ferdinando Ponti
As a priest blesses MSC Musica...
"I name this ship MSC Musica"
MSC Musica - now officially named
Surprise act  

Proudly flying the MSC house flag


Photos (unless otherwise noted) and text: © 2006 Bart de Boer - Exterior photo by by Michel Jeannot

First published on September 30, 2006

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