A Big Week for New Ship Launches

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MSC Preziosa christening in Genoa, Italy.

This past week we saw multiple cruise ships launched and christened. This could be probably one of the biggest weeks for new launches in years, or possibly ever.

Who launched what?

Viking River Cruises christened 10 long ships earlier last week, giving the river cruise line the world record for how many ships christened at one time. The new ships are named: Viking Aegir, Viking Atla, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, Viking Forsetti, Viking Jarl, Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor and Viking Var, all the ships are identical and carry 190-passengers.

MSC Cruises christened the 4,345-guest MSC Preziosa in Genoa, Italy on Saturday. This ship was christened by actress Sophia Loren. This is the lines 10th new ship in less than 10 years.

Another river cruiser was christened over the weekend, Uniworld’s 118-passenger Queen Isabel , was christened by Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell on Portugal’s Douro River. This ship comes complete with a swimming pool and a helicopter pad.

Upcoming new ship launches this year: Norwegian Breakaway, Royal Princess, EUROPA 2 and Carnival Sunshine will complete a $155-million refurbishment.

Photo: Peter Knego/ MaritimeMatters.com

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