MSC Preziosa, the fourth of the Fantasia class, entered service in March. She is identical to her sister MSC Divina.
Construction on Preziosa initially began in 2010. Originally named Phoenicia, she had been ordered by the Libyan Government’s General National Maritime Transport Corporation. She was to be designed in likeness to MSC’s Splendida and Fantasia. However when civil war broke out in Libya in February 2011, shortly after construction had started, her shipyard voided the contract. In 2012, MSC officially bought the ship and she was launched the next year.
Plans for Preziosa, under the name Phoenicia, originally included a 120 ton shark aquarium on board!