The World’s Leading Tenor Captivates Crew and Supporters On Board Hospital Ship

The International Lounge on board the Global Mercy — Mercy Ships newest hospital ship — hosted a special visitor on March 4 during the Global Mercy “Come On Board” event in Rotterdam. World-renowned classical artist Andrea Bocelli gave a private performance for Mercy Ships crew and supporters — all of whom were amazed by the artist’s incredible talent.

Singing for twenty minutes, he captivated the crowd and filled the ship with beautiful melodies. Starting with “Ave Maria,” Bocelli played the introduction on a flute, a mesmerizingly beautiful sound, before going on to recite the popular favorites “Amazing Grace,” “Nessun Dorma,” and “O Sole Mio” along with a few other classics.

The words of “Amazing Grace” were particularly poignant given the context of the patients that Mercy Ships serves.


Following the event, Andrea and Veronica Bocelli shared on Instagram:

“We may have heard about virtuous realities for years; we may have perceived their extraordinary social importance and understood their strength and usefulness. However, it may also be that a direct experience is necessary in order to feel fully involved and to experience in a tangible way the ambitious beauty of such a challenge. We praise the opportunity we have had to experience Mercy Ships in person and discover Global Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, with six operating theatres and a total area of 7,000 square meters… A floating miracle, a huge ship of good at the service of the less fortunate, supported by the strength of voluntary work.

The spark that gave birth to Mercy Ships in 1978 was pure poetry. A poem that is renewed every day, in the energy of the goodness of a humanitarian organization, based on Christian values, which has worked in over 70 countries carrying out more than 1,500 surgeries on board, free of charge, every year. The ambition, thanks also to the new hospital ship, is to multiply the footprint, reaching a total of 5,000 surgeries a year, more than 28,000 dental treatments, and training for 2,800 doctors. We look forward to the further development of Mercy Ships and hope to encounter this fleet of good ships on our way soon again.”

We want to say thank you to Andrea and Veronica Bocelli for supporting our mission of bringing hope and healing to those who need it most. The Global Mercy “Come On Board” event is live through March 14. Sign up for your virtual tour today!


More about the Global Mercy

For years, Mercy Ships has been working to produce a new state-of-the-art, custom-built ship with the hope of doubling our impact, and every day, we are closer to making that vision a reality.

With larger operating areas, more hospital beds, the ability to house even more volunteers, the new Global Mercy has been custom-built to bring more surgeries and medical care to as many people as possible.

Even more exciting is our new state-of-the-art medical simulation lab which will allow us to expand our training capabilities in unprecedented ways. Now, local doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and procedures to apply in their own fields of work.

Our goal is that through the training these professionals learn onboard the Global Mercy, local medical workers will be able to continue to educate others within their hospitals, clinics, and communities to create a more robust healthcare system from the ground up.

Learn more today!