Seaside Prototype

MSC Cruises has ordered two brand new class cruise ships from the Italian ship builder Fincantieri.

The two new class vessels will be known as “Seaside” Prototype ships until the cruise line chooses names for the ships. it was today when MSC signed a contract with Fincantieri which guarantees the construction of the two ships and an option for a third.

The new ships will be the largest ever built by Fincantieri and the ship builder aims to build a new generation ship. The ships will be innovative and will lead the cruise industry.

[quote_box_center]“From the moment we started talking with Fincantieri, we had in mind to design and build two completely new ships, revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.” [/quote_box_center]

The first Seaside Prototype ship is expected to be delivered to MSC Cruises in November 2017 and then the second in May 2018. The ships will cost 700 Million Euros each.

The exciting aspect of these new ships are that they will be able to dock at any port in the world so will be interesting to see how the ships design will manage this. It’s good to note that this will increase competition within the cruise industry and MSC Cruises could get closer to the big heavy weights of cruising, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean.

The new class vessels will have a length of 323 metres, a width of 41 metres and a height of 70 metres. The gross tonnage is huge at 154,000 tons and carrying up to 5,300 passengers along with 1,413 crew members. The ships will have 2,070 passenger cabins and 759 cabins for the crew. MSC Cruises has also revealed that there will be 43,500 square metres of public areas available.

[quote_box_center]Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri declared “This is a special day for us. Today is the start of an ambitious and new adventure with our friends from MSC, a group that prides itself on its quality and Mediterranean style. These ships, which represent a genuine design challenge, will be developed entirely by Fincantieri, confirming our technological supremacy over other shipbuilders globally. Our commitment to innovation covers all high value-added sectors, thanks to the involvement of more than 2,000 technicians and 160 employees dedicated to basic research, as well as a partner network of Italian and European centres of excellence. This core asset is what makes our group unique in its kind in the world, and allows us not only to reaffirm our leadership in a sector as complex as the cruise one, but also to count on a substantial order backlog that bodes well for a full recovery in our business.”[/quote_box_center]

[quote_box_center]“Today, MSC Cruises adds the last piece to its new industrial plan that will allow us to double the capacity of our fleet by 2022. With the arrival of the new ships we will reach a capacity of about 80,000 passengers a day” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “As of today we have launched an investment plan of over €5 billion that includes new builds, ordered in Italy and France, and the conversion of four ships already in the fleet.”[/quote_box_center]

The new ships will have plenty of venues and spaces to enjoy including sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. In addition to that the lefts onboard will have panoramic sea views and a large spacious theater.

It was only weeks ago that MSC Cruises announced two new cruise ships at 167,600 gross tonnage had been ordered which will be the largest ever built for the cruise line. Those ships will be built by the ship builder STX France. So thats four new cruise ships that MSC Cruises has now ordered! And there could be more on the way!