(9:45 a.m. EDT) — MSC Cruises has revealed further details of MSC Seaside including suspended glass floors, a wrap around outdoor promenade with bars and restaurants, ocean-view elevators — and the highest ratio of outdoor space of any ship at sea.
The 5,179-passenger ship is due to enter service in December 2017 and will homeport in Miami, where it will join MSC Divina. It will also be christened there — a first for the line.
The details were revealed today (April 21) at at a traditional coin laying ceremony at the Monfalcone shipyard, in Italy, where the ship is being built.
The event also offered the chance for a first glimpse at mock ups of MSC Seaside’s cabins and suites, which include 14 aft corner suites; terraced balcony cabins, which feature sea views and overlook the promenade below; cluster cabins, which have been designed specifically with families in mind and suites with a private outdoor hot tub.
Speaking at the ceremony, MSC Cruises chief executive officer Gianni Onorato said: “This prototype is significantly different to anything we have ever built before as this is a ship dedicated to cruising in warm seas. With the highest ratio of outdoor spaces on any of MSC Cruises’ ships, guests will also enjoy an increased number of balcony cabins, sea views and public areas.
The stunning Atrium Bar
“Specifically for MSC Seaside, we are developing exciting new dining options for the delight of our guests, with nine eateries featuring cuisines from all around the world including a Pan-Asian restaurant in partnership with acclaimed chef, Roy Yamaguchi, a luxury seafood restaurant with chef’s table and a world-class international steak house, amongst others.”
The concept behind MSC Seaside is to “bring the sea closer to passengers”, and is being designed with an exclusive warn weather aesthetic. The beach-condo-inspired concept will focus on the outdoor space of cabins and suites, many al fresco eating options including 20 bars; outdoor spa and fitness facilities, such as luxury cabanas for spa treatments, two wellness cabins, which feature advanced Kinesis Technoygm fitness equipment; and the private MSC Yacht Club, which features a lounge and restaurant and a solarium.
Outdoor sushi bar
Activities include a 130-metre zip line, an aqua park, which features slide boarding, duelling high-speed aquatubes, AquaPlay & AquaSpray — a section specifically designed for younger children — and the Adventure Trail, featuring rope courses, bridges, and crawl-through slides.
MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside class. The sister ship is set to enter service in 2018, while a third one — an existing option for one additional Seaside class ship — will be delivered by 2021.
MSC Seaside is part of a series of “smart” ships to be built by MSC — part of its 10-year, €9 billion investment plan — including the building of up to 11 new ships, which are due to come into service between 2017 and 2026.
Itineraries on MSC Seaside will include destinations such as the Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.