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MSC Cruises Floats Out Newest, Longest Ship Ever

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The industry may be shut down at the moment, but MSC Cruises had its eye firmly focused on the future as today they floated out their newest ship.

With its hull complete, the MSC Seashore touched water for the first time at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and will now move to the next phase of construction.

MSC Cruises and Fincantiarri shipyard executives watch as water enters the MSC Seashore dry dock during the float out ceremony. (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)

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“The uncertain situation that we are experiencing worldwide adds even more important value to this day, which bodes well not only for MSC Cruises and for our company, but for the entire cruise industry,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri shipyard.

The ship now moves from a drydock to a wetdock so that the interiors can be completed before her delivery date. If all goes as planned, Seashore is scheduled to be delivered — meaning officially handed over from the builders to MSC — in July of 2021. Seashore is the longest vessel ever to join the MSC fleet, being 52 feet longer than sister ships the MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview.

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The third of four scheduled Seaside class, Seashore promises to build on the legacy of what came before. “We are committed to our new builds program,” says Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, “which with each new class of ships sees us innovating and setting new standards in the industry.”

In fact, Seashore is the largest ship ever built in Italy, weighing in at 169,500 gross registered tons and carrying up to 5,877 guests. At the same time, she will be equipped with the latest technology in order to help minimize her impact on the environment.

Details About The New Ship’s Staterooms, Restaurants and More

Design-wise, the company says the ship will continue their tradition of helping guests to connect with the sea via panoramic aft elevators, glass-floored catwalks and more.

There will also be a larger version of their ship-within-a-ship concept, the MSC Yacht Club, and additional open spaces around the ship. Several restaurants will feature outdoor seating, and two entirely new dining venues will be added.

Seashore will offer new stateroom options, including 28 additional terraced suites, two suites with whirlpools and, in the Yacht Club, 41 Deluxe Grand Suites and two Owner’s Suites with whirlpools. Modular, connecting staterooms will accommodate families of up to 10, and additional accessible staterooms will be added.

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri representatives open the valves to float out MSC Seashore. (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)

A more spacious casino, larger and redesigned pools and a newly-designed water park are also a part of the Seaside EVO-class. In addition, the ship will feature a double-decker aft lounge sure to be a hit among those watching a comfy place to watch the world go by.

MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve will be a destination for MSC Seashore when she relocates to the Caribbean in the winter of 2021.

MSC Seashore is expected to debut in the Mediterranean in summer 2021, sailing to Genoa, Pompeii, Naples, and Messina, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Valletta, Malta; and Marseille, France. In November 2021, MSC plans to relocate the ship to Miami for a series of 7-night Caribbean cruises that call on MSC Ocean Cay Marine Preserve, MSC’s private island in the Bahamas.

 

Orlando Martinez is a Florida-based cruise news reporter for Cruise Radio.

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