MSC Splendida

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MSC Splendida in Lisbon, Portugal
Name: MSC Splendida
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Ordered: June 1, 2005[2]
Builder: STX Europe (St. Nazaire)[1][3]
Cost: $550 million[1]
Christened: July 12, 2009 by Sophia Loren in Barcelona[4]
Maiden voyage: July 4, 2009 to July 11, 2009
to the Mediterranean[5]
In service: March 2009[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9359806[6]
Call Sign 3FZI8[7]
MMSI 357698000[7]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,936 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 1,093.5 ft (333.30 m)[1]
Beam: 124.6 ft (37.98 m)[1]
Height: 219.2 ft (66.81 m)[8]
Draft: 27.2 ft (8.29 m)[1]
Decks: 18 total, 13 passenger decks[1][8]
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW)[1]
Propulsion: 2 propellors[1]
Speed: 21-knot (39 km/h; 24 mph)[3]
Capacity: 3,900 passengers[1]
Crew: 1,313 crew[1]
Notes: 15 elevators,[8] post-Panamax

MSC Splendida is Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in March 2009, as a sister ship to MSC Fantasia. She was to be named MSC Serenata, but the name was changed in May 2007 to MSC Splendida[9][10] "to reflect the ship's beauty and elegance".[11]

MSC Splendida's itineraries cover Mediterranean ports including Marseille; Heraklion; Katakolon; Piraeus; Civitavecchia; Genoa; Messina; Naples; Palermo; Valletta; Barcelona; Malaga; Gibraltar; Palma De Mallorca; Valencia; La Goulette; Izmir and Marmaris and Atlantic Ocean ports including Casablanca; Santa Cruz De Tenerife and Funchal.

MSC Splendida was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009.[12] She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009,[5] to the Mediterranean and returned July 11, to be officially named on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren.[4]

MSC Splendida appeared on Indian Tamil Film Manmadan Ambu


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  2. ^ "Data from XVAS". Vessel Assessment System. Retrieved 2009-07-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "MSC Splendida". ShipParade. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Christening to Feature Sophia Loren". TravelPulse. Performance Media Group, LLC. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-07-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Pre-Christening Voyage". Free Press Release. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ "MSC Splendida (939438)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  7. ^ a b "MSC Splendida (IMO: 9359806)". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ a b c "Technical Sheet" (PDF). MSC Cruises. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  9. ^ "MSC Serenata is renamed MSC Splendida". MSC Cruises. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  10. ^ "MSC Serenata is Renamed MSC Splendida". yourcruiseyourway. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  11. ^ "MSC Serenata Becomes MSC Splenida". 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ "MSC Splendida completes trials". Ship Management International. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 

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