New MSC Cruise Ship Arrives in Manhattan, New York

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MSC Seascape concluded her inaugural transatlantic voyage with her arrival to New York City, where she will be named on December 7. The new cruise ship from MSC Cruises is destined to be the cruise line’s new US Flagship and will be named by Hollywood legend and Godmother to several MSC cruise ships, Sophia Loren. 

After the naming ceremony, MSC Seascape will set sail to Miami, offering two different 7-night itineraries for her inaugural season in the Caribbean. 

MSC Seascape Arrives in New York City

MSC Cruises’ newest cruise ship, the 170,000 gross-ton MSC Seascape, has arrived in New York City’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal, ahead of her naming ceremony on December 7. The cruise ship has just completed a 17-day transatlantic cruise from the shipyard and will soon start her inaugural season sailing to the Caribbean. 

MSC Seascape is the cruise line’s new US Flagship and will be based in Miami year-round. However, before that happens, the ship will be named at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on December 7 by none other than Sophia Loren.

MSC Seascape in New York
Photo Courtesy: MSC Cruises

The Hollywood star is no stranger to being a godmother to the MSC cruise ships, having performed the ceremony for most of the MSC fleet. 

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, Cruise Division of MSC Group, commented: “We are particularly pleased to celebrate this momentous milestone in New York City, which holds a special place in our Group’s history.”

“We could not think of a better way of celebrating such a significant milestone than holding MSC Seascape’s – our latest flagship – naming ceremony in this wonderful city that has been an important hub for MSC Group for over three decades.”

The choice of New York City as the location for the naming ceremony of MSC Seascape comes from the expansion that MSC is planning in the United States. Not only will MSC Seascape act as the new flagship sailing from Miami, but MSC Mereviglia will be based in New York City year-round. 

Rubén A. Rodríguez, President, MSC Cruises USA, said: “We have ambitious growth plans in the U.S., and New York City plays a critical role in that expansion. Having the brand new MSC Seascape here this week is our way of celebrating a fantastic future of cruising for New York City.”  

Sailing to the Eastern and Western Caribbean

Following her naming ceremony, MSC Seascape will set sail toward Miami, her new home. She is scheduled to arrive in PortMiami, the biggest cruise port in the world, on December 11 and kick off her inaugural Caribbean cruise season with a seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise. 

The 5,877 guests onboard will first enjoy a call to MSC Cruises’ private resort island of Ocean Cay in the Bahamas. After that, the ship will sail to Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic.

MSC Seascape Cruise Ship
Photo Courtesy: MSC Cruises

The inaugural season will combine two different itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. On this second itinerary, the vessel will also visit Ocean Cay, followed by Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown in the Cayman Islands; and Ocho Rios in Jamaica. 

During their time onboard, guests can enjoy a wide range of exciting entertainment options, 11 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, and the Robotron. This state-of-the-art robotic arm will be attached to a gondola with seating for three people, flying 53m above the sea.

In the 700-square-foot children’s area and entertainment areas, there is a vast variety of state-of-the-art VR experiences, such as the Immersive XD Cinema, VR motorbikes, a Formula Racer virtual simulator, and a VR 360° Flight Simulator. 

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