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2 new cruise ships launched in Europe

Carnival breeze
 Carnival Cruise Lines took delivery of the Carnival Breeze on Thursday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. After spending the summer and early fall sailing Mediterranean cruises, the 130,000-ton ship will become part of the Miami fleet in November and do Caribbean cruises year-round.

The Carnival Breeze, the 24th ship in the line’s fleet, will depart on its inaugural cruise from Venice on Sunday.

The ship will be the first to feature the Thrill Theater, a special effects experience that makes viewers feel as if they’re part of the movie; Bonsai Sushi, a full-service sushi restaurant; Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ; and the poolside Comfort Kitchen.

The photo above shows the Carnival doing sea trials in early May. Credit: CarnivalPR.

MSC DivinaLast week, the MSC Divina was christened in Marseilles, France, by the fleet’s godmother, Sophia Lauren. The ship is MSC’s 12th, and at 139,400 tons, the line's largest. It will sail in Europe initially, but move to Miami in the fall of 2013 for a season of Caribbean cruises. Photo credit: Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises