MSC Cruises has celebrated the float out of MSC Seaview during a ceremony at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy, where the ship is being built.
MSC Seaview is the second of the cruise line’s Seaside generation of cruise ships, based on an innovative prototype designed to bring guests closer to the sea in warmer climates.
The vessel is set to come into service in June next year, six months after MSC Seaside will first come into service in December 2017 with her Grand Voyage from Trieste, Italy to Miami, USA in December 2017.
MSC Seaview will sail her inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean and visit seven ports from four countries – Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille.
Following this inaugural season, the ship heads to Brazil and the Southern hemisphere for the winter 2018-2019 season, with an itinerary that includes Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman, said: “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 323 metres long with a 154,000 GRTs, the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests.