MSC Seaside
Photo By: MSC Cruises

On June 22nd the construction phase began on MSC Cruises new generation cruise ship called the MSC Seaside.

The first steel was cut at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, italy and it begins the construction phase on the cruise line’s new generation class. There was a ceremony to mark the historic event which was attended by cruise line and shipyard executives.

MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “Today, we have witnessed the beginning of the work on an extraordinary new ship, MSC Seaside. It is a ship that revolutionizes industry standards, with an audacious and innovative design that brings guests and sea closer. It is also a testament to MSC Cruises’ constant focus on innovation, as it is the fifth prototype ship we’ve designed.”

Privately owned MSC Cruises has become one of the world’s fastest growing cruise lines with a seven-ship investment plan that will double capacity by 2022.

MSC Seaside will be based year-round in Miami and will sail a wide range of highly appealing Caribbean itineraries. In addition, MSC Cruises’ Miami-based cruise operations – which also includes the stunning MSC Divina, which will sail year-round from Miami starting November 2015 – will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, signifying the company’s strong ambitions in the North American market and commitment to providing guests with best-in-class service.

With a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons and the ability to accommodate up to 4,140 guests at double capacity, this new cruise ship will be the largest ever built by Fincantieri. The ship is set to arrive in Miami in December 2017, where she will also be christened, marking the first time an MSC Cruises’ ship is christened in the US. Sales for cruises on MSC Seaside will start approximately two years ahead of its inaugural season, to reflect the high demand for this unique product.

MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships on order from Fincantieri, the second of which will  enter in to service in 2018. In addition, MSC Cruises has an option for an additional Seaside generation ship to be delivered by 2021. You can also watch a short video showing some renderings of the cruise line’s upcoming ships.