Gaddafi`s $697 million ship is now a luxury cruise liner in Italy

Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 13:11

Sydney: A ship that was originally ordered for deposed Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi has been changed into a luxury cruise service in Italy by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The 697 million dollars high-end liner with 1751 cabins was commissioned by Gaddafi`s son, Hannibal, to kick start the cruise industry in Libya before the country`s revolution in 2011.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the MSC Preziosa includes 69 exclusive `yacht club suites`, hydro-massage pools and a glass-walled observation lounge.

There is also butler service to arrange everything from cigars to table reservations at the first two Eataly restaurants at sea, the report said.

There is also an aqua adventure park and MSC`s longest water slide at sea on the 333-metre ship.

According to the report, the christening in Genoa went off in spectacular style with flash mobs from sister ships MSC Splendida and MSC Opera contributing to a light and sound show.

MSC, founded by billionaire Gianluigi Aponte, is one of the world`s largest shipping companies. It bought the partly finished Gaddafi ship after the uprising in Libya, the report added.


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First Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 13:06

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