French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique held today delivery and coin ceremonies for two newbuilds owned by Switzerland-based cruise company MSC Cruises. At the event held in Saint-Nazaire, the shipyard delivered MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia generation of cruise ships and the sixteenth vessel to join the MSC fleet. Welcome #MSCBellissima! The 16th ship of #MSCCruises’ fleet is officially part of the family. #BeautyAtSea pic.twitter.com/JSve65acTk— MSC Cruises News (@MSCCruises_PR) February 27, 2019Following the delivery, the 167,600-ton newbuilding will set sail for Southampton, where it will be named on March 2. With a capacity for more than 5,700 passengers, the new addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet will become the largest ship to be launched in this UK city.MSC Bellissima will depart Southampton on March 4 to commence its 10-night inaugural cruise to Genoa. From March 17, the vessel will commence 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Naples and Messina in Italy, Valetta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.Also on February 27, the coin ceremony was held for MSC Virtuosa, the company’s second Meraviglia-Plus ship. The coin was placed in the keel block by MSC Virtuosa’s godmothers as a symbol of good luck.Joyful moments should always be shared.Take a look at the highlights from #MSCVirtuosa‘s Coin Ceremony.https://t.co/mcsZ13NzB2 pic.twitter.com/utxvjabpKC— MSC Cruises News (@MSCCruises_PR) February 27, 2019As its sister ship MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa will feature a length of 331 meters, a width of 43 meters and a maximum capacity of 6,300 passengers. It will be one of the two largest ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet when it enters service in 2020.The newbuilds are part of the company’s EUR 11.6 billion investment plan under which the MSC fleet is set to expand to 25 mega cruise ships by 2026.
Iman Kassam APTN National NewsINUVIK — RCMP in Inuvik have called in an Alberta police force to investigate after a woman died while being released from custody Sunday.The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested the night before for public intoxication.According to a release issued Wednesday by the RCMP, police received a complaint January 9 about a woman believed to be intoxicated walking along Bonnetplume Road in Inuvik.Police said she was “arrested without incident.”According to police, she was brought to the hospital for a medical assessment where “she was considered fit for incarceration by the medical staff.”The woman was then locked in a cell until she was considered sober enough to be released.The following morning, “the female prisoner was in the process of being released from custody when she unexpectedly went into medical distress,” said the release.“RCMP administered first aid on scene and subsequently the female was escorted to the Inuvik Hospital where she was treated by medical staff. She unfortunately passed away.”According to the release, the woman “was co-operative with police throughout her arrest and time in custody.”What is not clear is what happened during her incarceration or how she died.The case has now been turned over to the Medicine Hat Police Services who are conducting an external review of the circumstances related to her death.Staff Sgt. Trevor Humphries told APTN National News that two investigators were dispatched to Inuvik Monday.“The members that were sent were our active members of major crimes,” said Humphries. “So we’re talking about members that are very senior, they’ve very experienced, skilled members that are sent to assist the RCMP and conduct this external review.”Sgt. Ernie Fischhofer and Cst. Jason Ross from Medicine Hat Police Services will be in Inuvik investigating the woman’s death until Thursday, at which point they will return home to start working on a report.Police said it will take several months for the report to be completed.Humphries said a key component of the review will come from the medical examiner’s report.“Autopsies are done quickly, but the final report often times takes several months because toxicology has to be done, and that does not get done overnight, it takes time,” he [email protected]