Legendary Sophia Loren Christens 19th Ship of MSC Cruises

Jun 09, 2023

On June 8, 2023, the cruise ship MSC Euribia was christened in Copenhagen, and the honor of being its godmother was bestowed to the iconic Sophia Loren. This marked the 19th time that the legendary film diva had christened a cruise ship for MSC Cruises, solidifying her status as a record godmother in the maritime industry.

Sophia Loren, born in 1934, first assumed the role of a cruise ship godmother in 1990, when she christened the Crown Princess, later known as A-Rosa Blu, AIDAblu, and Pacific Jewel. However, it is with MSC Cruises that Loren has formed a truly remarkable bond, christening their vessels since the MSC Liricia in 2003. The MSC Euribia became the latest addition to this esteemed list.

Despite her age, the 88-year-old Sophia Loren captivated the christening guests with her timeless elegance and grace. As she made her appearance, the theater erupted in standing ovations and prolonged applause, paying tribute to her illustrious career and her enduring role as the ambassador of MSC Cruises.

The christening ceremony aboard the MSC Euribia was a spectacle to behold. Moderated by the talented Danish television presenter, actress, and model, Sarah Grünewald, the event featured numerous speeches that revolved around the theme of sustainability and environmental protection. MSC Cruises has been actively promoting these values in its marketing campaign for the MSC Euribia, aligning with the growing global consciousness about the need to preserve our planet.

Among the notable speakers were Pierfrancesco Vago, the Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, Gianni Onorato, the CEO of MSC Cruises; Daniela Picco, the Executive Director of MSC Foundation, Klaus Bondam, the Director of Cruise at Wonderful Copenhagen, and Sören Toft, the CEO of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. The discussions with Sarah Grünewald, who hails from Germany, added an international perspective to the event.

The christening ceremony also showcased captivating performances by dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and the MSC Euribia show ensemble. As a nod to the host country, Denmark, a talented Danish singer took the stage, adding a touch of local flair to the festivities.

However, the highlight of the evening was the musical star guest, Tony Hadley, the former lead singer of the British pop band Spandau Ballet. Known for hits like "True," "Gold," and "Through the Barricades," Hadley's captivating voice, accompanied by a complete orchestra, filled the theater with nostalgia and delight. Despite the dissolution of Spandau Ballet in 1990, Hadley's solo career flourished, and he later rejoined the band in 2009 before departing for good in 2017.

Sophia Loren's association with MSC Cruises as their beloved godmother has brought together the realms of entertainment, elegance, and travel. With her undeniable charm and grace, Loren has become an integral part of the MSC Cruises family, lending her star power to christenings and leaving a lasting impression on each vessel.

As the godmother of the MSC Euribia and a total of 20 cruise ships, Sophia Loren's contributions to the world of cruising extend far beyond the traditional role of a godmother. Her presence symbolizes the beauty, glamour, and timelessness of the maritime industry, making her an unforgettable figure in the hearts of cruise enthusiasts worldwide. MSC Cruises can proudly claim that they have been blessed with the presence of an icon as their record-breaking godmother, ensuring that each ship christened by Sophia Loren carries a touch of her legendary aura.