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EXCLUSIVE: Timelapse footage offers a glimpse of MSC’s new £700m mega cruise liner taking shape in French shipyard

Never-seen-before timelapse footage reveals what it takes to build a mega cruise liner, with beams of steel painstakingly moved into place and hours of welding to make the vessel fit for the water.

The two-minute-17 second film shared with MailOnline Travel, shows the construction of MSC Cruises’ new mammoth boat, the MSC Bellissima, at a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

To start with, the 4,500-passenger ship – which is costing around £700 million to build – is just a couple of decks high, but gradually the sped up clip shows how engineers work around the clock to add more rows of cabins with the help of cranes.

At one point, the boat is seen being winched into a dry dock. More decks are then added, along with a sweeping lick of white paint.

A gaping rectangle on the top deck appears to signal where a swimming pool will be positioned.

The MSC Bellissima is expected to debut in March 2019 and it will be the largest ship ever to be christened in Southampton.

The boat will feature array of features to rival those of her sister ship, MSC Meraviglia.

For instance, there will be a greater emphasis on technology to enhance the onboard experience, with an in-room concierge system which reacts to voice command.

On the entertainment front, there will be a two-deck inside promenade with a spectacular 262-foot-long LED dome projecting different light displays.

Twice every night, six nights a week, guests on MSC Bellissima have will the unique opportunity to see two original shows by Cirque du Soleil.

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