MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have just celebrated the float out of the new MSC Seaview, the second in the line’s Seaside Class.
The ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy and officially marked the first time that the vessel has touched water since beginning construction.
The float out is a key milestone in the construction of a cruise ship, marking the completion of the ship’s exterior; the dry dock is flooded and the vessel meets water for the first time before being moved to a wet dock.
And now, in the final phase of construction, work begins to complete the interiors, fixtures and furnishings.
Executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “The float out of MSC Seaview is another significant milestone in the expansion of our fleet.
“She is part of a ten year investment plan that will have already seen the delivery of six new ships by 2020.’
The 5,179-passenger vessel is part of a €9 billion, ten-year investment plan and is set to join the fleet in June 2018.
As the second of MSC’s Seaside generation of cruise ships, MSC Seaview is based on a new prototype that aims to bring guests closer to the sea with a design specifically for warmer climates.
Chief executive, Gianni Onorato, said: “We are truly leading the way with our ship designs, as each new class of ships that we bring into service is rooted in meeting the needs of holidaymakers of different ages, demographics and holiday desires.
“With MSC Seaview, in particular, our vision has been inspired by our passion for the sea and we are appealing to guests who are seeking the classic elements of a holiday – sun and sea – taken to the next level with a one-of-a-kind fully immersive and interactive seaside experience even whilst cruising at sea.”
www.CRUISE.co.uk were lucky enough to witness the float out ceremony for the MSC ship, so take a look at our exclusive images and behind-the-scenes footage below…
The ship is set to come into service in June 2018, six months after its sibling vessel MSC Seaside debuts and arrives in Miami in December 2017, following a Grand Voyage from Trieste, Italy to Miami, Florida.
Vago continued: “We are already the market leading cruise brand in the Mediterranean and Europe and the deployment of MSC Seaview in this key region will help us further push boundaries by bringing one of the most innovative cruise ships to an area that we are deeply committed to and is a cornerstone of our business.”
MSC Seaview will sail its inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean. Guests can discover seven ports from four different countries, including Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille.
Following its inaugural season, MSC Seaview will head to Brazil and the Southern hemisphere for the winter 2018-2019 season, with ports of call in Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.
The launch of MSC Seaview will mark the third next-generation ship from MSC Cruises to come into service in 12 months, following MSC Meraviglia (June 2017) and the MSC Seaside (December 2017).
What are your thoughts on MSC Seaview? Are you planning to sail on any of the cruise line’s Seaside class? Which ships of the Mediterranean specialists do you enjoy most? Leave us your thoughts and comments!
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