MSC Cruises officially took delivery of their new 153,516-gross ton flagship earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
The ceremony for MSC Seaview took place with the Founder and Executive Chairman of MSC Group Gianluigi Aponte present, as well as Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO of Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono, as well as regional and local authorities. During the delivery, Roberto Olivari, the shipyard’s director, handed an ampoule holing the first water that touched the ship’s hull over to Pier Paolo Scala, Master of MSC Seaview.
Seaview is the second ship in the Seaside Class, and – like Seaside – will boast a “beach condo” design and plenty of outdoor spaces for guests. She will also comply with the highest international environmental standards, as cruise lines are working diligently to become more eco-friendly as an industry.
Following her departure from the shipyard today, Seaview will make her way to Genoa, Italy on a three-day voyage, arriving June 7. There, she will be inaugurated in a ceremony on June 9 and will begin her inaugural cruise on June 10.
Debuting right after sister ship MSC Seaside, which launched last year in Miami, MSC Seaview will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean. After that, she will head to South America for the winter. The vessel is the third MSC newbuild to enter service in 12 months, and is the 15th ship to join the line’s global fleet.