Project: MSC Splendida Ship Launch.
Venue: Barcelona B Dock.
Agency: Focus Events.
Role: Set Designer.
On Sunday 12 July 2009, in Barcelona, MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Splendida was christened in suitably splendid style by screen legend Sophia Loren.
The event marking MSC Splendida’s christening was as dramatic and awe-inspiring as the ship herself. Featuring an exceptional Flamenco performance by Joaquín Cortés and a spectacular display of castells, the Catalan tradition of human towers, the evening’s entertainment also included a special concert by world famous tenor José Carreras. Performing in his hometown, the maestro was accompanied by the 60 musicians of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.
Completing the colourful ceremony was a parade of the ships’ officers and, of course, the traditional cutting of the ribbon by the godmother of the MSC Cruises fleet, Sophia Loren. The celebrations culminated in a dazzling fireworks display.