MSC Cruises’ newest ship, the MSC Seaside, just passed another construction milestone when it celebrated a coin ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
MSC Seaside, the first of up to three of MSC Cruises’ next-generation “Seaside” class of new cruise ships, is set to come into service in December 2017 and will be the cruise line’s newest ship to sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. MSC Seaside forms a key pillar of the cruise line’s $10.2 billion investment plan, which includes the building of up to 11 next-generation smart ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026.
The Seaside class of ships is MSC Cruises’ fifth consecutive brand new prototype of ships. The design of the ship is meant to emphasize a connection to the outdoors in the sea in the layout of staterooms, suites, dining areas and public spaces. The ship will accommodate 4,140 guests at double occupancy.
MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship is set to enter service in 2018, while a third one – reflecting an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship – would be delivered by 2021.
Caribbean Itineraries and the Exclusive Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Starting in December 2017, MSC Seaside will sail three Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting ports in the Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico — complementing the itineraries of MSC Divina, also sailing out of Miami.
In addition, the new cruise will call at MSC Cruises’ own Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Spanning 95 acres with 11,400 feet of pristine beach-front spread across six distinct beaches — representing in total the fourth longest beach in the world — this exclusive marine reserve private island experience will only be available to MSC Cruises’ guests.
The private island will have a purpose-built berth and pier right on the seafront, allowing MSC Cruises guests to step straight off the ship onto the island. The destination will have the same services from the ship, including an exclusive MSC Yacht Club area. The nightlife on the private island will include live music and entertainment in a 2,000-seat open air amphitheatre, as well as many restaurants and bars.
Unique Design Features
MSC Seaside will have three unique outdoor catwalks that extend beyond the edge of the ship, with all glass railings and a glass floor, giving guests the feeling that they are walking on water. The catwalk on the top deck spans nearly 100 feet with views from the top of the ship; the other two catwalks located on deck eight, are 130 feet in length and are part of a 360° open air promenade, the widest on any ship ever built. This public space encircles the entire ship with an array of bars and restaurants so that guests can enjoy outdoor dining as well as a day or evening stroll to take in the sea air. Panoramic elevators will transport guests while providing stunning ocean views.
Accommodations onboard the new vessel will include 14 aft corner suites in a “beach condo” design, as well as a collection of terraced balcony staterooms. For families or groups, new open, modular connected staterooms can accommodate up to 10 people, and there will also be luxury suites with private two-person outdoor whirlpools.
The ship’s MSC Seaside Yacht Club will be on the foredecks and will have a private solarium, lounge and restaurant, as well as Royal Suites with private outdoor whirlpools.
Entertainment and Onboard Activities
The entertainment spaces on board MCS Seaside have been designed to offer a wide choice of performances and shows with a stunning new theatre and comedy club. Other features include family entertainment such as a full-sized bowling alley and a 5D cinema.
For thrill-seekers who want to experience the sensation of flying at sea, MSC Seaside will feature the longest zip line on any cruise ship currently at sea. Taking off from the funnel at the top of the ship, guests will fly an impressive 425 feet across the length of the ship landing at the aft.
The ship’s aqua park will have interactive Slideboarding technology, which combines a unique water slide and an interactive video game all-in-one. Guests will also enjoy two decks of fun and activities, including an adventure trail and multiple water slides.
The new ship will have 20 distinct bars. Through a partnership with pan-Asian celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, MSC Cruises will offer guests a specialty restaurant exclusive to MSC Seaside. The chef will design every element of the restaurant, which will also have views out to sea. Four teppanyaki grills will create a visual spectacle for diners as they prepare a range of Asian dishes, including Thai, Korean and traditional Japanese. The sushi, sashimi and raw bar will offer fresh oysters, lobster, prawns and snow crab served chilled. Finally the a-la carte menu will offer an additional range of gourmet Asian creations.
Other dining experiences include a luxury seafood restaurant with chef’s table, a world-class international steak house where the beef will dry age on board, and a dedicated family pizzeria.