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Maiden Call of MSC Bellissima at Port of Southampton

A traditional Plaque & Key ceremony was held to mark the maiden call of MSC Bellissima as she arrived at the Port of Southampton on Friday 1 March.

MSC Bellissima is the first cruise ship to make her maiden call at Southampton this year and to mark this celebration, the event was attended by local dignitaries.

The plaque and key ceremony is a tradition for all vessels on their maiden call to the port. It has its roots in the medieval history of Southampton, when visiting ships bringing business to the city were given the keys to the city walls. This is where the term ‘plaque & key’ originated from during the 1300s.

Posted 04/03/2019 14:11

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