MSC Cruises’ groundbreaking next generation cruise ship, MSC Seaside, had its first piece of steel cut in a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
MSC Seaside is scheduled to be completed in late 2017 and will sail year round to the Caribbean from PortMiami. The ship will have the most interactive waterpark at sea and include an industry first, slideboarding (interactive water slide experience). In addition to MSC Divina in Miami, the world’s largest privately owned global cruise line will have two ships based in Miami for the first time. Features for MSC Seaside include:
- Double deck atrium with a glass wall in the aft of the ship for spectacular ocean views
- Panoramic elevators with ocean views
- Outdoor themed aqua park
- Aft pool Waterfront promenade Luxury suites with a private jacuzzi
- Cluster cabins for families
- Enhanced MSC Yacht Club
At 154,000 gross tons, MSC Seaside will carry up to 4,140 passengers at double occupancy and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri.
MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago gave the following statement:
“Today, we have witnessed the beginning of the work on an extraordinary new ship, MSC Seaside. It is a ship that revolutionizes industry standards, with an audacious and innovative design that brings guests and sea closer. It is also a testament to MSC Cruises’ constant focus on innovation, as it is the fifth prototype ship we’ve designed.
Moreover, MSC Seaside represents a key pillar in a $5.8 billion, seven-ship investment plan that will double our capacity by 2022. It also steps up our investment in Italy and marks our return to a partnership with Fincantieri, which is something that makes me particularly proud. In fact, the building of the new Seaside ships as well as our other current project with Fincantieri – the $225 million Renaissance Program – are just one example of how a global organization like MSC, of which MSC Cruises is part, plays a key role in the Italian economy.”
CEO Gianni Onorato said that the ship’s name was in relation to the vision of the warmer weather cruises to the Caribbean. He said that it will be “the ship that follows the sun” that will combine the proximity of the sea, wonders of sunny climates in unique settings, and the joy of traveling.
MSC Seaside is the first of two Seaside class ships that have been ordered by the cruise line. Her sister ship is scheduled to go into service in 2018, with an additional option for a 3rd Seaside class ship in 2021.
The ship will have many green features such as LED lights and advanced heat recovery plants to feed fresh water, laundry, swimming pools, and hot water. In addition, Advanced Water Treatmen (AWT) systems, scrubbers, antifouling paints, optimized hulls, and propellers and rudders to reduce drag and fuel consumption will be featured onboard. MSC Seaside will be fully compliant with the Safe Return to Port requirement.
Itineraries for MSC Seaside will be announced in the coming months. The ship is scheduled to arrive in PortMiami in December 2017.