MSC Cruises has released renderings of its new MSC Bellissima ship exactly 100 days before its officially named in Southampton.

MSC Bellissima, the second ship in the Meraviglia class, will be officially named in the UK port on March 2. 

It will feature the new digital cruise assistant – Zoe – and dishes from Michelin starred chef Ramon Freixa.

MSC Bellissima, Kaito Sushi Bar
MSC Bellissima, Kaito Sushi Bar
MSC Bellissima, Kaito Teppanyaki
MSC Bellissima, Kaito Teppanyaki

The new HOLA! Tapas Bar, located on deck 6, will offer food created by the Spaniard.

Two new Cirque du Soleil shows, designed exclusively for MSC Cruises passengers, will also appear on the ship.

MSC Bellissima, Carousel Lounge
MSC Bellissima, Carousel Lounge

MSC Bellissima will be the second ship in the line’s fleet to feature Cirque du Soleil.

Four more shows are now being created for sister ships MSC Grandiosa, launching in November 2019, and MSC Virtuosa, which comes into service in 2020.

MSC Bellissima, Arizona Aquapark
MSC Bellissima, Arizona Aquapark

The ship will also have a 700-metre square children’s play area.

An exhaust gas cleaning system for cleaner emissions; an advanced wastewater treatment system; smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) to recover heat from machinery spaces; and LED lighting and smart devices to significantly save energy are just some of the features on board to reduce the ship’s environmental footprint.

MSC Bellissima, MSC Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge
MSC Bellissima, MSC Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge

Antonio Paradiso, managing director for UK & Ireland, welcomed the 100-day countdown until the ship’s naming and thanked the industry’s support of the line.

On Bellissima’s naming ceremony next year, he said: “The event, as always, promises to be a star studded, glittering affair with over 5,000 people attending over the three-day period from over 20 countries around the world.

MSC Bellissima, Sports Bar
MSC Bellissima, Sports Bar

“We have so much still to announce over the next few months from the celebrity acts that are performing at the ceremony to the concepts and show names for the new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows.”