roots, and proud to focus on the truly important details. A prime example of this family-driven
thinking is the fact that MSC Cruises is the only cruise line in the world to have a fleet Godmother
rather than a different Godmother for each new ship.
Following centuries-old maritime tradition, the Godmother is appointed to attend the launch of a
new ship, to name her and, as the time-honoured saying goes, to “bless her and all who sail in
her.” Just over ten years ago, MSC Cruises first gave this important honour to the magnificent Ms
Sophia Loren, international icon and personal friend of the MSC family.
As the MSC Cruises’ fleet expands, Ms Loren continues to bless each and every new ship, reflecting
MSC Cruises’ belief not only in loyalty, but in Ms Loren’s unique beauty, talent, rich Mediterranean
temperament and international fame as the best blessing possible for MSC Cruises’ ships and
A divine experience lasts forever
“One evening I was chatting to Gianluigi about wishes and desires,” recounts Ms Loren. ”I
mentioned my own dream of having a ship named after me and he immediately suggested ‘Divina’
as a divine experience gives you memories that will last forever.” And so the name was born.
On MSC Divina the Sophia Loren myth has fittingly been taken to new levels, with two impressive
features unique to the new ship.
Sophia Loren suite number 16007
As Sophia Loren herself once said, “Style must be adapted to the woman and not vice versa.” It
was with this in mind that MSC Cruises set about designing a special Sophia Loren themed
cabin in the MSC Yacht Club.
Lucky guests staying in suite number 16007 on deck 16 can revel in the glamour and style of a
suite designed for and with the help of Ms Loren.
Rich, deep reds, specially designed lamps and a wild heather and red carpet have been chosen by
Ms Loren for a personal touch of glamour, while stunning black and white photographs of her most
memorable roles decorate the walls of the suite.
A replica of the special dressing table Ms Loren uses in her dressing room and greenroom has been
fitted, complete with the exact light points, allowing guests to get ready in the same way as a film
Enjoy Sophia Loren’s favourite novels
It has famously been said that Sophia Loren is not loved simply because she is beautiful, she is
loved because she is real. A great actress and a wonderful woman who is sweet and strong, rich in
temperament, intelligent, witty, and above all fun, these qualities and more shine through in her
performances and in real life.
Sophia Loren has been working with MSC Cruises to finalize a selection of approximately 20 of her
favourite novels in the MSC Yacht Club library, allowing us to share a little more of this remarkable
personality with MSC guests.
MSC Yacht Club guests can sit back and relax on deck with one of Ms Loren’s chosen novels,
pouring over passages from the same famous titles that sparked Ms Loren’s imagination, moved
her greatly, or set her heart racing, while understanding and appreciating something more about
one of the greatest cinematic legends of all time.0