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Sophia Loren sends holiday greetings to MSC guests. Source: MSC Cruises

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with cruise lines setting up holiday festivities to keep guests celebrating over the coming weeks.

MSC has announced its fleet’s godmother, Sophia Loren has returned to her duties, signing greeting cards for all MSC guests sailing with the line during Christmas and New Year’s. The letters from the Italian actress will wish guests all the best for Christmas and the coming year.

Additionally, guests sailing on the line’s MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Armonia and MSC Lirica will be treated to dishes created by2 Michelin Stars chef, Carlo Cracco.

If that’s not enough to put guests in a Christmas mood, the line will also hold Christmas carolling and Christmas arts and craft sessions on various ships. Children will be able to take part in the Christmas Parade with a special guest appearance from Santa Claus.

Meanwhile, for New Year’s MSC ships will host a New Year’s Eve Pool Party featuring fireworks at the end of the countdown.

Celebrating the holidays on a ship? Leave a comment below and let us know which cruise you’ll be on for Christmas and New Year’s, and which activities you’re most looking forward to.