During an official coin ceremony, MSC Cruises yesterday laid the keel for its upcoming newbuild, MSC Seaview (sister-ship to MSC Seaside, slated for homeporting in Miami) at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
At the event, Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, announced that not only will MSC Seaside be joining MSC Divina this year for sailing from the United States but so will the line’s other new ship for 2017, MSC Meraviglia, come 2019 as well.
The announcement reinforces MSC’s continued dedication to the North American market with a trio of ships, each from a unique class of vessels. The MSC Divina is a Fantasia-class, its latest series; the MSC Seaside will be the first of the Seaside-class as a series for following the sun and MSC Meraviglia will be the first of the Meraviglia-class, a series of all-weather ships.
What’s more, MSC Cruises has been working on its own app-based technology for fully-integrated interactive enhancements to the guest experience onboard a la Carnival Corporation’s newly unveiled Ocean Medallion tech rolling out on Princess Cruises in November 2017. Unlike Princess, however, MSC will have its smart device and wearable equivalent ready to launch aboard the MSC Meraviglia when it sets sail initially in Europe this June. The technology will also be available aboard the MSC Seaside in December.
Beyond 2017, MSC Seaview is set to launch in 2018, and there is an option for a 3rd Seaside-class ship for 2021. Another Meraviglia-class ship, MSC Bellissima will also join in 2019, and 2 larger Meraviglia Plus-class ships are set to follow in 2020 and 2022. Plus, up to 4 new World-class vessels are planned with 2 solidly on order for 2022 and 2024 and another two options penciled in for 2025 and 2026. Altogether, MSC Cruises plans to invest 9 billion Euros through 2026.