GENEVA — MSC Cruises cut the first steel of its new MSC Seashore today, kicking off the countdown until its spring 2021 launch.
The cruise line hosted an official ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where MSC’s Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono launched the cutting of the first steel.
The MSC Seashore is the first of two MSC Cruises Seaside EVO ships currently on order at Fincantieri. It will be the first in its kind, as an evolution of MSC’s Seaside Class of ships.
“With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow,” said Vago. “Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship.”
New features onboard include an additional lounge at the aft of the ship, an enhanced MSC Yacht Club covering three forward decks, specialty restaurants at the promenade level on deck 8 for dining al fresco, and more whirlpools across the ship. Plus, there are 200 additional staterooms as well as the latest in environmental technology, including a selective catalytic reduction system, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems, and an advanced energy and heat recovery system.
The MSC Seashore is part of the cruise line’s 10-year development plan for 17 additional new mega ships, with four new ships currently under construction at the same time. MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built under this plan, and will become the 19th ship MSC Cruises has built since its inception in 2003.
MSC Cruises’ Seaside EVO ships will feature greater dimensions, more generous public spaces, more staterooms, a larger MSC Yacht Club and will be able to accommodate up to 5,632 guests (approximately 4,540 double occupancy).
MSC Seashore will be joined by a second Seaside EVO ship in autumn 2022.