VIDEO-MSC Seaside float-out

By ,   November 27, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside on Saturday, November 26. Seaside is one of two new mega-ships that MSC is bringing into service between June-December 2017.

The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard Monfalcone, where the ship is being built.

MSC Seaside will homeport in PortMiami as of December 2017 and will sail year round in the Caribbean - further enriching the company’s offering in the region with MSC Cruises having a total of five of the most modern cruise ships serving the Caribbean once MSC Seaside debuts.

MSC Seaside brings to life the key distinguishing elements of an MSC Cruises’ experience. An extensive range of comfortable accommodations will meet the various needs of a wide range of cruise guests, including chic aft corner suites as part of the unique beach condo design, clever modular connected staterooms designed for families and groups of up to ten people, and a collection of balcony staterooms with a private terrace overlooking the promenade.

The float out is an important milestone in the construction of a cruise ship as it is the moment where the ship first floats on water when the dry dock is flooded and the ship is moved to a wet dock for the final phase of her construction. The exterior of the ship is complete and work moves to complete interiors, fixtures and fittings.

At 1059 feet long with a GRT of 160,000 tons, the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests (4,140 guests at double occupancy). MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship - MSC Seaview - is set to enter service in the Spring 2018 and will be based in the Western Mediterranean, while a third one - reflecting an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship - would be delivered by 2021.