Weekly travel roundup 02/06/17: Tim Rice rolls out shows on Seabourn, Minions take over Carnival, MSC Mervaiglia to be christened by Sophia Loren

Weekly travel roundup 02/06/17: Tim Rice rolls out shows on Seabourn, Minions take over Carnival, MSC Mervaiglia to be christened by Sophia Loren

Watch MSC Meraviglia’s christening

MSC Cruises will be christening its largest ship, the MSC Meraviglia has sailed out. French President Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries kicked off the festivities earlier this week at the official flag ceremony. MSC Meraviglia, will set sail for Le Havre on the 1st June where she will celebrate her stylish christening on the 4th June 2017 at 4:45am (Australian time). For this outstanding new siren of the MSC Cruises fleet who better than a siren of European cinema, Sophia Loren, to be her godmother. Ms Loren has held a close relationship with MSC Cruises for over a decade, christening her first MSC ship, MSC Lirica in 2003. 

You can watch the christening on MSC’s website here.

Seabourn rolls out ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’ on all ships

Tony and Oscar award winning composer Sir Tim Rice has partnered with luxury cruise line, Seabourn to produce ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’. The show which first debuted in January 2017 on the new Seabourn Encore is now rolling out the show on the Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojurn and Seabourn Quest. It will also be on the Seabourn Ovation when she rolls out next year. The concert-style presentation narrated by Sir Rice, highlights some of his greatest hits from Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Watch Sir Tim’s interview here:

Minions takeover Carnival Spirit  

Carnival Cruise Line had colourful guests onboard its Australia-based superliner, putting the ship’s fun limits to the test. To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 3 in cinemas from June 15, the movie’s mischievous minions Kevin & Stuart took over Carnival Spirit for the day. After boarding in Sydney, Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke said the minions swiftly took control of the ship and went totally bananas. “We’ve all seen the Despicable Me movies but we had no idea that these little yellow characters could get up to so much mischief on our ship,” Ms Vandekreeke said. “They went nuts over the fruit carving, couldn’t get enough of the Waterpark, where they soaked up some sun and playfully tried to shuffle one another down the Twister waterslide.” “They had so much fun, they left behind a surprise for our guests embarking on Sunday and rumour has it, Kevin & Stuart will be back with another Despicable friend.”

Check out the video here.

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