There’s nothing better than posting about another new cruise ship which will help grow the industry even further. In this case, MSC Seaview has been floated out at the Italian shipyard.
MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of its next cruise ship MSC Seaview. The upcoming cruise ship floated on the water for the very first time today at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. This now means the second Seaside class ship will move to the final stages of construction.
A ceremony took place with executives from the cruise line and shipyard as it is a major construction mile stone and tradition in ship building.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, commented:
“The float out of MSC Seaview is another significant milestone in the expansion of our fleet. She is part of a ten year investment plan that will have already seen the delivery of six new ships by 2020.”
“At MSC Cruises, we are truly leading the way with our ship designs, as each new class of ships that we bring into service is rooted in meeting the needs of holidaymakers of different ages, demographics and holiday desires. With MSC Seaview, in particular, our vision has been inspired by our passion for the sea and we are appealing to guests who are seeking the classic elements of a holiday – sun and sea – taken to the next level with a one-of-a-kind fully immersive and interactive seaside experience even whilst cruising at sea.”
MSC Seaview will now be located at a wet dock where the inside of the ship will start to get more attention. Workers will begin constructing the interior spaces which will include fixtures and furnishings.
The large vessel which is only the second in the class will be completed in June 2018 and will sail the inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean. For the winter 2018-2019 season, the ship will be based in the Southern hemisphere.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated:
“MSC Seaview is a challenge that Fincantieri is proud to carry out successfully, as demonstrated by the milestone reached today. She is a spectacular ship, the second of a new generation that is testing all of our best technical and managerial skills, considering that the float out takes place less than nine months away from that of the prototype that launched this class of ships, MSC Seaside. These two beautiful ships require a real endeavour and our Group will deliver them to meet the high expectations of the shipowner in terms of reliability and product quality.”
At 323 meters long with a 154,000 GRTs, the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests. MSC Seaview is the second of two identical ships in the Seaside class.