MSC Cruises’ first Seaside Evo-class cruise ship, MSC Seashore, will be the greenest cruise ship the line has ever launched, and at her coin laying ceremony Friday MSC also revealed new details about the passenger experience to be found on-board.
In addition to being 16-metres longer than her sister ships in the Seaside-class, MSC Seashore will also be extensively re-designed, with more than 40% of the ship enhanced.
There will be an extra 10,000sqm of open deck space allowing a new aft pool design, an enlarged indoor pool and a new interactive waterpark, and a larger MSC Yacht Club, as well as an additional two-deck aft show lounge.
MSC Seashore will have 200 more staterooms than other Seaside-class ships and will also offer new cabin categories with family-oriented designs, such as cluster cabins that link two or three adjoining cabins and can accommodate between six and 10 people.
The ship will also have 75 cabins for guests with limited mobility.
Thanks to her longer length, the ship will also have space for two new restaurants, including one exclusively for guests staying in the Aurea Spa suites.
Her five specialty restaurants will be repositioned for waterfront seating on the ship’s boardwalk to give guests greater sea view as they dine al fresco. These specialty dining options will be in addition to 20 bars and cafes.
These new details were announced Friday by MSC Cruises as the ship’s keel was laid at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
During the ceremony, Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, stressed that the ship was also the most environmentally friendly in the fleet.
“MSC Seashore will feature the latest and most advanced environmental technology currently available, proof of our long-standing commitment to preserve the environment in our ongoing journey to minimise and continuously reduce the impact of our operations,” he said.
MSC Seashore will be fitted with a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and a next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system along with a shorepower system.
MSC Seashore is an evolution of the Seaside-class of vessels and is one of two on order in the new Seaside Evo-class, with a second ship due in 2023.
At 339-metres both ships will be the two longest in the fleet, but at 177,000-gross tons MSC Grandiosa will remain the largest in the fleet.
MSC Seaview, the second ship in the Seaside-class, will homeport in Dubai for the 2020/21 cruise season, while MSC Bellissima, the second-largest ship in the MSC fleet, will homeport in Dubai this coming cruise season.