MSC Splendida is Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in March 2009, as a sister ship to MSC Fantasia. She was to be named MSC Serenata, but the name was changed in May 2007 to MSC Splendida "to reflect the ship's beauty and elegance". MSC Splendida was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009. She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009, to the Mediterranean and returned July 11, to be officially named on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren.