MSC Cruises has announced that bookings for MSC Seaside, the first ship in MSC's new Seaside class of cruise ships, are now on sale to the general public. The cruise line had opened bookings to members of its MSC Voyager Club loyalty program on December 15.
Sales are now open to the general public offering a special All-Inclusive Classic drink package, applicable to first and second guest in a stateroom on all seven night or longer MSC Seaside sailings for all bookings made by January 31, 2016. Voyagers Club Members will continue to receive their five percent discount plus All-Inclusive Classic drink package for bookings made through January 31, 2016. Prices start at $589 per person.
The new ship is set to debut in December 2017 and sail year-round from Miami on seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Guests sailing to the eastern Caribbean will visit destinations such as St. Thomas, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, while those heading to the western Caribbean will have the chance to explore Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, and the Bahamas. The first sailing will be the Christmas cruise of December 21, 2017.
Onboard, the ship will offer a unique 360 degree ocean level promenade on Deck 8 that will include indoor/outdoor shops and restaurants, as well as a full buffet area and a pool, which are traditionally located on a cruise ship’s higher decks. In addition, the ship’s public spaces will feature breathtaking views with a two-deck glass-walled atrium and panoramic exterior elevators.
In terms of accommodations, the ship will offer open "modular" staterooms -- convertible staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 people – for families and groups, as well as luxury suites with private hot tubs and hanging gardens. MSC Seaside will also have an enhanced MSC Yacht Club with private solarium, lounge and pool.
Entertainment on board will be available for all ages, including activities for families. Highlights include a full-sized bowling alley, a dedicated kids only restaurant, and an interactive, multi-story water park with five different water slides, an AquaPlay area designed for tots, and an adventure trail. In addition, MSC Seaside will have dedicated LEGO and Chicco designed play areas through MSC's partnerships with those two brands.
Docking at a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, MSC Seaside will join the MSC Divina in servicing the North American market.
In addition, the 4,140-guest (based on double occupancy) ship will be the first MSC Cruises’ ship to head directly to the U.S. from the shipyard, and the first MSC ship to be christened in the U.S.
MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship is set to enter service in 2018 with the option for a third Seaside generation ship to be delivered by 2021.