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MSC Cruises homeporting ‘revolutionary’ MSC Seaview in Dubai for 2020/21 season

The second ship in MSC Cruises’ Seaside-class of ships, MSC Seaview, will homeport in Dubai between November and March for the first time during the 2020/21 cruise season.

Described by industry experts as revolutionary and game-changing, the Seaside-class is the most avant-garde of any cruise ship yet launched by MSC Cruises, with an outward-facing design that maximises outdoor space and ocean views.

MSC Seaview is the second ship in the Seaside-class, she will cruise roundtrip from Dubai in 2020/21

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The first ship in the series, MSC Seaside, was launched in 2017 to much acclaim, and has since been followed by MSC Seaview in 2018, and a further two ships in the class due in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

MSC Seaview will arrive in the Dubai cruise market in December, sailing her first roundtrip cruise of the season on December 5th, 2020. She will cruise several dozen of these identical 7-night roundtrip Dubai cruises until March, 2021.

Each cruise will visit Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Doha in Qatar, and Mina Sulman in Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf before returning to Dubai to spend the final two days and one night in port at the Dubai Cruise Terminal.

At 154,000-gross tons, she’s slightly smaller than MSC Bellissima, which is homeporting in Dubai for the coming 2019/2020 cruise season, but with a passenger capacity of 4,400, she’s still one of the largest cruise ships ever to sail roundtrip from Dubai.

MSC Seaview (a sister ship to Seaside) will be one of the most unique cruise ships ever to homeport in Dubai

The attraction of MSC Seaview, however, isn’t just her mammoth size, but rather her design. She has a narrowed aft superstructure into which Miami-style beach condo staterooms have been installed, overlooking the truly massive aft promenade, which is designed to feel like a waterfront.

Strolling along the promenade here, past eateries, bars and cafes, all with indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll feel more like you’re on the upmarket end of Dubai Canal than a cruise ship.

The zipline on MSC Seaview is the longest on any cruise ship

And then there’s the fun element. MSC Seaview, designed for the Caribbean, is a party ship. Up top she features the world’s longest zip-line at sea, as well as a huge ropes course with water cannons to shoot each other with and plentiful kids’ activities in dedicated centres for toddlers, children and teens.

MSC Seaview has one of the largest waterfront promenades in the industry

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There’s also dancing all around the ship at almost all times of the day and night, and the nights aboard MSC Seaview go on forever – the Garage disco, for example, only closes once the last partygoers leave.

The dining and entertainment (and there’s a lot of it) is also designed to cater to night owls. There’s a third seating dinner in the two main dining rooms at 9.30pm and the final theater show is at 10:15pm.

Aboard MSC Seaview there are 9 specialty dining venues in addition to the two main restaurants, as well as 12 cafes and bars. There are two main pool areas with four whirlpools, as well as the Forest Aquaventure and Adventure Park with 5 waterslides and all the other amenities you would expect of a ship this size (casino, gym and spa, bowling alley, 5D Cinema etc).

For families she’s a truly wonderful ship, with child-friendly activities and entertainment taking place all over during the day (and at night you can take your kids into the nightclubs with you!). There’s also dedicated facilities for babies, toddlers, young children, adolescent children and teenagers.

As if that isn’t enough, there’s also an on-board Comedy Club, where stand-up routines and improv are performed, and did we mention the longest zip-line at sea?

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