MSC Seaside
Rendering By: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has revealed further details of the MSC Seaside, a new class ship which is currently under construction by Italian ship builder Fincantieri.

The MSC Seaside which is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy celebrated a major milestone. A traditional maritime coin ceremony was held at the shipyard, one of the first milestones of many which are still to come.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri said:

“MSC Seaside, the biggest ship ever built in our shipyards, will strengthen our leadership as the most innovative shipbuilder in the cruise industry,”

“This new concept will provide the owner with more revenue-generating solutions; more staterooms than a comparable, contemporary design; more open-deck space; and an increase in performances, being significantly more efficient.”

MSC Seaside Itineraries

At the coin event MSC Cruises announced the MSC Seaside will feature three different Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries including ports in the Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The ship will join MSC Divina which is already offering cruises from PortMiami. The MSC Seaside will also be calling at the cruise lines new private island resort called Ocean Cay.

Onboard Features

MSC Seaside will feature three unique outdoor catwalks that extend beyond the edge of the ship, with all glass railings and a glass floor, giving guests the feeling that they are walking on water. The catwalk on the top deck spans nearly 100 feet with views from the top of the ship; the other two catwalks located on deck eight, are 130 feet in length and are part of a 360° open air promenade, the widest on any ship ever built. This stunning public space encircles the entire ship with a tempting array of bars and restaurants so that guests can enjoy outdoor dining as well as a day or evening stroll to take in the sea air. Panoramic elevators will transport guests while providing stunning ocean views.


MSC Seaside accommodations will cater to all types of cruisers including 14 exclusive aft corner suites where the beach condo design truly comes to life; A collection of terraced balcony staterooms — an industry first and exclusive design feature in which a portion of the balcony is uncovered — allowing guests the ability to unwind and relax in the sunshine on their own private terrace, overlooking the promenade and with sea views; New open modular connected staterooms for large families or groups, accommodating up to 10 people and luxury suites with private two-person outdoor whirlpools.

MSC Seaside

Photo By: MSC Cruises


The new class ship will take entertainment and onboard activities to new heights. The ship will feature a stunning new theater, comedy club, full-sized bowling alley and even a 5D cinema.

The ship will offer the ultimate thrill with the longest zip line at sea. The Zip line will fly guests an impressive 425 feet across the length of the ship and finishing at the aft.

Fine Dining

MSC Seaside will offer one of the more extensive choices of specially designed indoor and outdoor restaurants at sea, featuring cuisines from around the world and 20 distinct bars each with their own individual character.

Through a partnership with pan-Asian celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, MSC Cruises will offer guests a specialty restaurant exclusive to MSC Seaside. This Asian dining venue will be among the best at sea with ocean views and dishes from all of Asia.

MSC Seaside will be 160,000 gross tons once completed in December 2017. The biggest ever cruise ship built by Fincantieri and among the largest in the world will carry 4,140 passengers at double occupancy. The MSC Seaside is the first of two ships with the second being delivered in 2018. There is also an option for a third to be delivered in 2021.

More details will be released about the MSC Seaside over the coming months. Cruise Hive will keep readers informed.