MSC Cruises has and Fincantieri have celebrated the float out of the new MSC Seaside, one of two new cruise ships that MSC Cruises is set to debut between June and December 2017. The ceremony took place this weekend at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, where the ship is being built.
MSC Seaside will homeport in PortMiami as of December 2017 and will sail year round in the Caribbean.
MSC Seaside is the first of a new generation of cruise ships for MSC. The ship is designed to bring guests closer to the sea, with design elements such as a 360° ocean level promenade, panoramic glass elevators, and a 98 foot bridge on the top deck. Additionally, 73 percent of the staterooms will have balconies.
Accommodations will range from aft corner suites to 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.
MSC Seaside’s MSC Yacht Club ship-within-a-ship concept will be on the foredecks of the ship and will offer a private sun deck, a private lounge and private restaurant in an expanded five deck space. The MSC Yacht Club will also have two apartment suites that include a living room and a large balcony with a dining area and private whirlpool.
For dining, the ship will offer a 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 Chef Roy Yamaguchi and two are buffets serving food 20 hours a day, with one designed specifically for families.
The onboard entertainment will cater to all age groups and includes a 934 seat theater offering four performances every night. There will also be an interactive aqua park with four slides, a 394 foot long zip line and an aft pool.
The ship will call at Caribbean ports such as George Town in the Cayman Islands, Cozumel in Mexico and Nassau in the Bahamas. From October 2018, MSC Seaside will also call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line’s marine reserve private island in the Bahamas.
The float out is an important milestone in the construction of a cruise ship as it is the moment where the ship first floats on water when the dry dock is flooded and the ship is moved to a wet dock for the final phase of her construction. The exterior of the ship is complete and work moves to complete interiors, fixtures and fittings.
The ship will have a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests (4,140 guests at double occupancy). MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Its sibling ship — MSC Seaview — is set to enter service in the spring 2018 and will be based in the Western Mediterranean, while a third one — reflecting an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship — would be delivered by 2021.