MSC Cruises and Fincantieri recently celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside, one of two new groundbreaking mega-ships that MSC will bring into service between June and December 2017.
The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy where the ship is being built.
The 5,179-passenger MSC Seaside will homeport in Miami as of December 2017 and will sail year round in the Caribbean.
“This is another exciting milestone in our ambitious expansion plans as we see the second of our 11 next-generation cruise ships entering the final stages of her construction,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman. “MSC Seaside has been specifically designed to provide our guests with a unique onboard experience in warmer regions and boasts one the highest ratios of outdoor space in the industry so that guests can enjoy a range of open-air activities such as dining and drinking al fresco, strolling along the promenade or simply taking in the beautiful sea views from the privacy of one of the many balcony staterooms.”
Every element of the ship is designed to bring guests closer to the sea with special design features such as a unique 360° ocean level promenade, panoramic glass elevators, and a 98-foot bridge on the top deck. Seventy-three per cent of the staterooms will feature balconies.
In addition, MSC Cruises is taking its MSC Yacht Club – the unique ship-within-a-ship concept – to the next level. Located on the prestigious foredecks of the ship and offering a private sun deck, a private lounge and private restaurant, the MSC Yacht Club has been expanded on MSC Seaside to now be over five decks. The MSC Yacht Club will also feature two apartment suites that include a living room and a large balcony with a dining area and private whirlpool.
Sister ship – MSC Seaview – is set to enter service in the spring 2018 and will be based in the Western Mediterranean.
(photo credit/Ivan Sarfatti)