MSC Cruises is
not giving up on Miami. The line has announced that the 1
st of its
next generation “Seaside" class of ships, set to debut in November 2017, will
sail year-round from the south Florida port to the Caribbean.
The line also
announced that its Miami-based cruise operations will benefit from a newly
renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.
Following the 1st
ship's delivery from the shipyard, MSC Seaside will make her way to
Miami for the line's 1
st -ever christening ceremony in the U.S.
Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato, says the Seaside class of ships is a
major part of the company's expansion plans. “Today is a very exciting day for
the company as this is the 1
st major announcement related to the
company's new builds and demonstrates our enthusiasm and long-term commitment
to continuing to expand our presence in North America," Onorato said.
The ship will
accommodate up to 4,140 passengers at double occupancy, making
the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri shipyards.
As part of a 1st
look at what MSC Seaside will offer on board, the company revealed that
the ship will boast an aqua park with 5 water slides and attractions for all