MSC Cruises just marked a key milestone in the construction of the new MSC Seaview with the celebration of a coin ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. MSC Seaview is the third next-generation cruise ship that will come into service under MSC Cruises’ ten-year investment plan through 2026.
The coin ceremony takes place when a ship’s keel is laid, at the early stages of its construction. Tradition dictates that two long-standing employees representing the shipyard and the ship owner act as godmothers for the ceremony, placing two coins under the new ship’s keel block as a sign of blessing and good fortune. Michela Bullo from Fincantieri and Loredana Giammusso from MSC Cruises had the honor of performing this task.
MSC Seaview will be the highlight of next year’s MSC Cruises ship deployment activities, as it will come into service in June 2018, sailing the Western Mediterranean in its inaugural summer season. She will then continue her deployment in Brazil as of November 2018.
The new ship will have a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests. It will be the second of two ships in the MSC Cruises’ Seaside generation to be built by Fincantieri. Its sibling ship, MSC Seaside, is set to enter service later this year in December 2017 and is scheduled to be christened in Miami, where it will homeport.