Cruise News 2017's Hottest New Cruise Ship Touches Water for the First Time

2017’s Hottest New Cruise Ship Touches Water for the First Time

MSC Seaside, Cruise Fever’s hottest new cruise ship for 2017, was floated out during a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Photo credit: Ivan Sarfatti
Photo credit: Ivan Sarfatti

MSC Seaside touched water for the first time and is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.  The currently under construction cruise ship will homeport in the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami, beginning in December 2017.  At a size of 160,000 gross tons, the ship will be one of the largest ships to sail out of Miami and will have guest capacity of 4,140 (double occupancy).

The ship will sail year round to the Caribbean stopping at the popular cruise ports of Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Nassau.  Beginning in October 2018, MSC Seaside will begin visit MSC Cruises’ new private island in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.  View Cruises on MSC Seaside

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, gave the following statement about the floatout: “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.

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.”

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MSC Seaside is the first of a completely new and innovative generation of cruise ships being built by MSC Cruises leading Italian shipyard Fincantieri. With this new prototype inspired by an elegant beach condo, MSC Cruises is pushing the boundaries with its bold design concept and demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment to put the guest experience at the center of all innovation and product development.

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 breathtaking 98 foot bridge on the top deck. In addition, with 73 percent of the staterooms featuring balconies, guests will never be far from a view of the ocean.

MSC Seaside brings to life the key distinguishing elements of an MSC Cruises’ experience. An extensive range of comfortable accommodations will meet the various needs of a wide range of cruise guests, including chic aft corner suites as part of the unique beach condo design, clever modular connected staterooms designed for families and groups of up to ten people, and a collection of balcony staterooms with a private terrace overlooking the promenade.

On board MSC Seaside, the dining experience has been designed to inspire and delight with a huge choice of Mediterranean and international cuisines served in 11 different dining venues, including five specialty restaurants. Of these, one is a Pan-Asian specialty restaurant created in partnership with world renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi and two are buffets serving food 20 hours a day, with one designed specifically for families.

MSC Seaside is moving to her final stages of construction now that the exterior of the ship has been completed.  The vessel will remain in a wet dock while the interiors, fixtures, and fittings are completed.

MSC Cruises is the largest privately owned cruise line in the world and currently has a fleet of 12 cruise ships with 11 more on order or under construction.

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