MSC Cruises’ new 140,000-ton, 4,363-passenger MSC Divina was floated out of the dry dock of its shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on Saturday, September 3, in a ceremony witnessed by a select group of guests.

“It is a proud moment,” said Emilio La Scala, general manager of MSC Cruises Technical Department. “Today marks the start of the final one million hours of work devoted to meticulously applying the finishing touches to ensure our new ‘débutante’ is ready and perfectly ‘dressed up’ when she emerges for her debut ‘Grand Ball’ on 26 May 2012 in Marseille, France.”

MSC Divina was named in honour of legendary Italian screen actress Sophia Loren, the patron of the MSC Cruises fleet, and will therefore be themed as a divine goddess. The aft will be designed and decorated as a private and “heavenly” upscale area with an infinity pool and the ship’s 18 decks will be named after the gods of ancient Greece.

What goddess-like features would you like to see on MSC Divina?