MSC Cruises has celebrated the float out of MSC Seaview, the second of the line’s ‘Seaside’ generation of cruise ships. A ceremony commemorating the milestone was held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy.
The float out is a key milestone in the construction of a cruise ship, marking the completion of the ship’s exterior. The dry dock is flooded and the vessel meets water for the first time before being moved to a wet dock. Now, in the final phase of construction, work begins to complete the interiors, fixtures and furnishings.
Like MSC Seaside, which will arrive in Miami in December, MSC Seaview is designed specifically for warmer climates and aims to bring guests closer to the sea than ever before.
MSC Seaview will sail her inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean. Guests will be invited to discover seven ports in four different countries, including Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille. Specific itineraries can be viewed here.
Following her inaugural season, MSC Seaview will headto Brazil and the Southern hemisphere for the winter 2018-2019 season, with ports of call in Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.
“The float out of MSC Seaview is another significant milestone in the expansion of our fleet,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “She is part of a 10-year investment plan that will have already seen the delivery of six new ships by 2020.”
“With MSC Seaview, 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,” Vago added.
MSC Seaview is the second of two identical ships in the Seaside class — at 1,060 ft. long and 154,000 GRTs — and holding a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests (4,134 at double occupancy).