MSC Divina christened

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MSC Cruises’ 3,500-passenger Divina was christened May 26 in Marseille and will begin its summer series of roundtrip sailings from Venice on June 2.

Fleet godmother Sophia Loren christened the ship, which was constructed at the STX Shipyard in Marseille.

Actor Gerard Depardieu; Italian singer, pianist and composer Paolo Conte; and Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov were among the celebrities who gathered to christen MSC’s 12th ship.

The Divina will operate from Miami during winter 2013-14, offering a series of eastern and western Caribbean cruises. It will be the line’s first positioning of a vessel in Miami.

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