The ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s shipyard – currently the world’s leading shipyard, having built some of the largest ships in the world.
MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago had much to say about the line’s latest addition-to-be; “Today, we have witnessed the beginning of the work on an extraordinary new ship, MSC Seaside. It is a ship that revolutionizes industry standards, with an audacious and innovative design that brings guests and sea closer. It is also a testament to MSC Cruises’ constant focus on innovation, as it is the fifth prototype ship we’ve designed.”
MSC Cruises’ CEO, Gianni Onorato, explains the thought behind Seaside; “For MSC Seaside, we chose a name that speaks of our vision for cruising in warm weather locations, the proximity with the sea, the joy of traveling, and discovering the wonders of sunny climates in a unique setting. We also call it ‘the ship that follows the sun’ and it will offer a truly remarkable experience for families, sun worshippers and adventurers.”
With a gross tonnage of 154,000 and a passenger capacity of 4,140 guests, MSC Seaside will be the largest ship ever built by Fincantieri. MSC Seaside is expected to arrive in Miami for her christening in December 2017.
MSC Seaside really changes how cruisers can stay together, with modular staterooms that can accommodate up to ten people large cruise groups and families no longer have to be separated – unless they ask!