MSC Cruises has announced that the sibling ship to the upcoming MSC Seaside will be named MSC Seaview when it enters service in June 2018, sailing its inaugural season in the Mediterranean. Bookings are now open for the new ship for MSC Voyager Club members, with bookings to open to the general public on July 18.
The Seaside-class ships are being built by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri with a design made to emphasize outdoor spaces, the cruise line said. For example, the MSC Seaview will sail with a 360 degree promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship. The space will act as a recreation area with space for guests to walk, al fresco dining and shopping.
The ship will offer three embarkation ports — Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona — and call at destinations including Naples, Messina in Sicily, and Malta. It will sail seven-night itineraries with one sea day.
Other onboard amenities include a near field communication (NFC) cruise card, bracelet or smartphone app developed in partnership with Samsung that will allow for a variety of functions, including locating children, stateroom access and onboard payment. Interactive screens throughout the ship will allow guests to book shore excursions, shows and restaurants, and iBeacon technology will send push notifications to guests’ mobile devices about relevant experiences and offers.
MSC Seaview will set sail on its first voyage from Genoa, Italy, June 10, 2018. The starting price for sailings is $699 per person, not including fees and taxes. Guests whoo book an inaugural season sailing will get a 5 percent discount off the early booking fare when booking by January 18, 2017.