MSC Cruises has announced today the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships, which is set to debut in November 2017.
The new ship will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.
In addition, MSC Cruises announced that its Miami-based cruise operations will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.
Following the first ship’s delivery from the shipyard, MSC Seaside will make her way to Miami for MSC Cruises’ first ever christening ceremony in the U.S. to take place in late 2017.
MSC Cruises chief executive officer Gianni Onorato, said the Seaside class of ships is part of MSC Cruises’ expansion plans.
“Today is a very exciting day for the company as this is the first major announcement related to the company’s new builds and demonstrates our enthusiasm and long-term commitment to continuing to expand our presence in North America,” Mr Onorato said.
The ship has the ability to accommodate up to 4,140 guests at double occupancy, making MSC Seaside will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri shipyards.
As part of a first look at what MSC Seaside will offer on board, the company also unveiled that the ship will boast the most interactive and originally-designed aqua park at sea with five water slides and attractions for all ages.
MSC Cruises operates a fleet of 12 modern ships cruising year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the French Antilles, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, South America, as well as in Dubai, the Emirates and Oman.