MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of its newest ship, MSC Seaview, yesterday (Aug. 23).
The ceremony, held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy, officially marked the first time that the vessel has touched water since beginning construction.
As the second of MSC Cruises’ Seaside generation of cruise ships, Seaview is based on a highly-innovative prototype – “bringing guests closer to the sea than ever before; designed specifically for warmer climates; and providing the ultimate sun and sea cruise experience.”
The 5,179-passenger ship is set to come into service in June 2018, just six months after its sister ship MSC Seaside debuts and arrives in Miami in December, following a Grand Voyage from Trieste, Italy to Miami, Florida.
MSC Seaview will sail its inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean, offering travellers a chance to discover seven lively ports in four countries, including Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille.
Following its inaugural season, Seaview will follow the sun to Brazil and the Southern hemisphere for the winter 2018-2019 season, with ports of call in Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.
“The float out of MSC Seaview is another significant milestone in the expansion of our fleet,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises. “She is part of a 10-year investment plan that will have already seen the delivery of six new ships by 2020.”