There’s More To A Maiden Voyage Than Superstition

A Maiden Voyage of a ship is joyous occasion for all involved. From those hard at work behind the scenes to those passengers that are able to witness such a momentous journey – it’s an event that deserves full attention!

Before making their maiden voyage, cruise ships have historically been christened and blessed by authoritative figures, or godmothers. And history says that water, wine and even blood have been used in blessing a ship. However, modern day blessings have evolved into red carpet affairs, hosting celebrities and even royalty.

Traditionally, a bottle of champagne is broken against the ship’s hull and a godmother is named to bless the ship on its journeys. Nowadays, it’s less about superstition and more of a glamorous event to revel in the ship and its future sailings.

The dazzling MSC Divina made cruise history when it was escorted into PortMiami by a fleet of high-powered FIAT personal watercraft. With her arrival, MSC Divina becomes the first MSC Cruises ship to sail year-round fromNorth America. The Fiat 500 personal watercraft have made multiple appearances this year, including the iconic waterfront of San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to this summer’s Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.

The diva’s show-stopping entrance on the 19th of September, concludes her 18-night Atlantic Ocean crossing to Miami from Venice, Italy. During the voyage, a fabulous Rosso Brillante (metallic red) Fiat 500, or Cinquecento as it is known in Italy, was loaded onto the ship to accompany MSC Divina across the Atlantic.

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After the warm reception received by MSC Fantasia last season, and following by a few days the glorious arrival of MSC Divina in PortMiami, MSC Cruises is now sending a third magnificent flagship to South America. MSC Preziosa will call along the Brazilian coast for the first time this year, offering travellers the chance to savour the pleasures of her Mediterranean spirit on unforgettable voyages of fun and exploration.

During her maiden call, MSC Preziosa opened her doors to more than 2,500 guests for a glamorous party on board. In the presence of officers, executives of MSC Cruises, celebrities, media and travel agents, the famous Brazilian artist Xuxa gave a welcome speech and wished a good season to this masterpiece of the seas. The celebrations also saw performances by the children’s choir of the Xuxa Foundation, concerts by Banda Eva and DJs from Energy 97FM. Included in the programme of this special night were a gala dinner and an outstanding live show in the ship’s theatre, entitledPandora and inspired by the movie Avatar.

MSC Preziosa will start the 2013/2014 season from Santos offering mini-cruises to the tropical islands of the South East as well as a vast array of 6,7 and 8-night cruises to the North East region of Brazil. She will be joined by 3 other ships – MSC Magnifica, that will also depart from Santos, MSC Orchestra, departing from Rio de Janeiro, and MSC Poesia, that will depart from Buenos Aires in Argentina, giving MSC travellers the unique opportunity to discover the fascinating landscapes and warm cultures of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay – from palm-fringed beaches, tropical islands and forests, to captivating metropolises bustling with wonderful neighbourhoods in one of the world’s most fascinating region.

On 24 November 2013, on the occasion of  MSC Poesia’s maiden call in thePort of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a great party was organised for some 1,500 guests among whom were local officials, MSC Cruises Executive Director for Brazil and Argentina, Roberto Fusaro and supermodel Valeria Mazza, special “godmother” for the upcoming 2013-14 Argentinean sailings.

During the welcoming ceremony, which included musical performances byBajofondo, La Bersuit Vergarabat andGuillermo Guido, a fund raising effort was held in favour of the children of theCasa Garrahan programme in Buenos Aires. This programme offers a roof to out-of-town children and their mothers while they undergo hospital treatments. The generosity of the guests allowed for AR$50,000 to be raised which will directly contribute to the construction of more houses.

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