Gallery: MSC Bellissima Returns from Sea Trials

MSC Bellissima, the brand new cruise ship of MSC Cruises, has returned to Saint-Nazaire, France, from four-day sea trials off the French coast.

The second of the Meraviglia generation of cruise ships left Chantiers de l’Atlantique on December 19 with 450 technicians and engineers on board the ship, who put the ship’s equipment and performance to the test.

With a gross tonnage of 167,600 tons and a capacity for more than 5,700 passengers, MSC Bellissima will be the largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with MSC Meraviglia.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique cut the first steel for the ship in November 2016 and floated out the ship in June 2018. The 315-meter ship will now undergo final touches, before it is delivered at the end of February 2019. MSC Cruises has scheduled the naming ceremony to take place on March 2, 2019, in Southampton, UK.

Here are some highlights of the ship’s construction process:

Image Courtesy: Christophe Dedieu‏ @christodedieu; Video Courtesy: Saint-Nazaire Tourisme