Water enters the dry dock to float MSC Seashore for the first time | Credit MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises floats out its longest ship ever

GENEVA — MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of MSC Seashore yesterday, the third of a total of four vessels in the company’s Seaside class of ships.

At 339 metres, MSC Seashore is MSC’s longest ship to date, as well as the largest ever built in Italy. The 5,877-guest Seashore joins MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and will be the first of two enriched Seaside Evo ships with newly designed public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the fleet.


MSC Cruises and Fincantieri representatives together open the valves at todays MSC Seashore float out ceremony | Credit MSC Cruises

After the float out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, MSC Seashore will be moved to a wet dock until its delivery in July 2021.

“We are committed to our new builds program, which with each new class of ships, sees us innovating and setting new standards in the industry,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “MSC Seashore will in fact be the largest and most innovative cruise vessel ever built in Italy, featuring the latest and most advanced environmental technology currently available. She will also be one of two new ships for which we will receive delivery in 2021, thus underlying our belief in the long-term growth prospects of the sector.”


Water enters the dry dock to float MSC Seashore for the first time | Credit MSC Cruises

Here are some highlights of the new MSC Seashore:


  • A catalytic reduction (SCR) system to reduce nitrogen oxide by 90%, as well as an advanced wastewater treatment system
  • Hybrid exhaust gas-cleaning systems that removes 98% of sulphur oxide from ship emissions
  • Latest-technology systems for the prevention of oil discharges
  • Shore—to-ship power that connects a docked cruise ship to a port’s local power grid to further reduce air emissions


  • 10,000 square metres of additional deck space
  • A larger MSC Yacht Club, the all-inclusive ‘ship within a ship’ premium concept
  • More suites onboard, including 28 additional terraced suites, two suites with private whirlpools, and two new cabin categories featuring 41 Deluxe Grand Suites and two Owner’s Suites with whirlpools in the MSC Yacht Club
  • Cluster cabins that link two or three adjoining cabins that can accommodate 6-10 people
  • 75 more spacious cabins for guests with disabilities
  • Two new restaurants and five specialty restaurants will be newly located to allow for waterfront seating
  • A new double-decker aft lounge, a bigger casino and 20 specialty bars, cafes and lounges
  • An enlarged indoor pool and a new interactive waterpark
  • Clubs for young children and teenagers have been separated from a larger kids’ zone
  • MSC for ME will be available across multiple digital channels, allowing guests to access information

In summer 2021, all three Seaside-class ships will be deployed together in the Western Mediterranean. MSC Seashore will offer the popular ‘Six Pearls’ itinerary, which visits Genoa, Pompeii, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.

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