History in brief
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 "to reflect the ship's
beauty and elegance".
MSC Splendida's itineraries cover Mediterranean ports
including Marseille; Heraklion; Katakolon; Piraeus;
Civitavecchia; Genoa; Messina; Naples; Palermo; Valletta;
Barcelona; Málaga; Gibraltar; Palma De Mallorca; Valencia;
La Goulette; Vladivostok;Izmir; Marmaris; and Atlantic Ocean
ports, including Casablanca, Santa Cruz De Tenerife, and
MSC Splendida was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009.
She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009, to the
Mediterranean and returned July 11, to be officially named
on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren.
MSC Splendida appeared on Indian Tamil film Manmadan Ambu.
The ship's horn system is set up to play multiple songs,
including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" by
Queen and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.