MSC Cruises has announced the name of its next Seaside EVO-class ship — MSC Seascape.
The cruise line held a traditional coin ceremony today for the vessel at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the keel was laid down.
Seascape will be the second Seaside EVO ship after MSC Seashore. The original two Seaside class ships? MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview.
The class’ naming theme, “sea,” is an homage to the beauty of the ocean and the views that guests can enjoy from the ships. They have been designed specifically to bring passengers closer to the ocean with a large variety of outdoor venues and spaces.
Longtime employees Monica Somma, Category Manager — Retail at MSC Cruises, and Jolette Vincenzi — Production Supervisor from Fincantieri, performed the maritime coin ceremony as godmothers. The pair placed two coins within the ship’s keel as a historical sign of blessing and good fortune for the construction of the vessel and her future life at sea.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises said of the occasion, “The coins we lay today, to mark a key construction milestone of one of our ships, are an important symbol of our confidence in the cruise industry and the future of travel and tourism.”
“When she joins our fleet, MSC Seascape will generate meaningful economic impact not only for the shipbuilding industry and its entire supply chain but for all the ports and destinations that she reaches, strengthening coastal tourism and supporting the vital economic recovery of local communities.”
Like her sister ship Seashore, MSC Seascape is an evolution of the Seaside class. The Seaside EVO vessels have been enhanced and extended with a variety of new features, spaces, and experiences for passengers.
Boasting just under 140,000 square feet of outdoor space, the 169,400 gross ton ship is set to debut in November 2022.
Here are some highlights of the ship:
- 2,270 cabins in 12 different categories, including popular aft suites
- 11 dining venues and 19 bars and lounges
- Six swimming pools including an aft infinity pool
- The largest MSC Yacht Club in the fleet, with over 32,000 square feet of space
- A 1,772-foot waterfront promenade
- The glass-floored Bridge of Sighs on deck 16 — an iconic element of the Seaside-class ships
- A RoboCoaster (details to be revealed at a later date)
MSC Seascape is one of three MSC ships currently under construction as part of the cruise line’s long-term growth plans.