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SeaView Cruises' latest round-up of cruise news features items from MSC Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.

Wonder woman! Sophia Loren christens MSC Meraviglia

image In its traditional manner, MSC Cruises entrusted the christening of its new wonder ship, MSC Meraviglia, to the Hollywood screen legend Sophia Loren in Le Havre on 3 June, 2017. At 171,598 tons and with guest capacity of 5,714, MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship to be built by a European ship owner, and also the biggest ship to come into service in 2017. www.msccruises.co.uk

Hanseatic Nature keeps with tradition

image The next construction stage of Hanseatic Nature, the first of two expedition new-builds, has begun with the keel laying at the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. A coin was welded into the block in a ship-building tradition that is believed to bring luck to new ships. The christening and maiden voyage are planned for April 2019. www.hl-cruises.com

Basketball superstar Yao Ming to christen Majestic Princess

image Chinese basketball stars Yao Ming (left) and his wife Ye Li will officially name the new Majestic Princess in Shanghai on 9 July at a gala event. Yao Ming is a global ambassador of basketball, an 8-time NBA All-Star, and most recently an inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame. www.princess.com

New guest speakers for Maasdam’s BBC Earth Feature Cruise

image Holland America Line is adding the talents of popular BBC presenter Michaela Strachan, wildlife filmmaker James Brickell and innovative digital specialist Simon Baxter to the 8 July BBC Earth theme cruise. Guests on ms Maasdam’s seven-day cruise to Canada and New England will be able to attend presentations and masterclasses by the trio, who will share their expertise and behind-the-scenes stories of how BBC programs are made. www.hollandamerica.com

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