Europe’s biggest cruise ship gets a Champagne send-off by President Macron: The 1,000ft-long MSC Meraviglia sets off on its maiden voyage after a €892m construction job

  • The MSC Meraviglia mega-ship crept out of its dock in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, on Wednesday
  • Measuring 1,033 feet long and 213 feet tall, the enormous boat  has room for 5,714 passengers
  • Its first passenger cruise, which leaves on June 5, includes calls to Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille and Geno.
  • Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron helped wave Europe’s biggest cruise ship off on her maiden voyage.

    The MSC Meraviglia mega-ship crept out of its dock in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, on Wednesday with hundreds of bystanders out to watch.

    Measuring 1,033 feet long and 213 feet tall the enormous boat – which cost an estimated $1billion (€892million) to build – has room for 5,714 passengers over its 19 decks.

    Grand unveiling: The MSC Meraviglia mega-ship crept out of its dock in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, on Wednesday with hundreds of bystanders out to watch

     

    Grand unveiling: The MSC Meraviglia mega-ship crept out of its dock in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, on Wednesday with hundreds of bystanders out to watch

    Room for all: Measuring 1,033 feet long and 213 feet tall the enormous boat - which cost an estimated $1billion to build - has room for 5,714 passengers over its 19 decks

     

    Room for all: Measuring 1,033 feet long and 213 feet tall the enormous boat – which cost an estimated $1billion to build – has room for 5,714 passengers over its 19 decks

    Ready to roll: MSC Meraviglia is currently en route to Le Havre, France, where it will be christened on June 3. It will then sail its first passenger cruise June 5, which includes calls to Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa

     

    Ready to roll: MSC Meraviglia is currently en route to Le Havre, France, where it will be christened on June 3. It will then sail its first passenger cruise June 5, which includes calls to Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa

    Macron helped Zoe Africa Vago, the daughter of MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Alexa Aponte-Vago, cut the ribbon and smash a balthazar of Champagne on the hull.

    He also spoke with workers at the yard, which is partly owned by the French state. 

    MSC Meraviglia is currently en route to Le Havre, France, where it will be christened on June 3. It will then sail its first passenger cruise June 5, which includes calls to Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa.