As Seaside Delivered, MSC Orders 2 ‘Seaside EVO’ Ships
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Cutline: MSC Seaside
Fast-growing MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside. During the ceremony to welcome the line’s second new-build to come into service in 2017, MSC Cruises and Fincantieri also signed firm orders for the construction of two Seaside EVO ships, a further evolution of the Seaside Class prototype, for a total investment of $2.75 billion.
“MSC Seaside coming into service marks another key milestone in the history and future of our Company, but she also embodies a pivotal moment for the industry,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises.
“In fact, she is the first ship of the fifth new prototype that we bring into service and introduces a wholly-innovative product that sets a new standard for the industry to follow. The Seaside Class of ships is designed to bring guests closer to the sea and to operate in sunny waters, while continuing to push the boundaries of maritime and guest-centric technology.”
Following the new agreement between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri, the initial slot reservation agreement to build a third Seaside Class ship to be delivered in 2021 has been replaced to instead build the first of two Seaside EVO ships. The second ship is set to come into service in 2023.
Key specs for the new Seaside EVO are as follows:
Length/beam: 1,060 ft. / 134 ft.
Gross tonnage: 169,380 GRT
In addition to offering even more space, Seaside EVO ships will have greater dimensions, more cabins, an even larger Yacht Club – with an additional deck and larger cabins -- and will host up to 5,646 passengers.
“As we are nearing the end of 2017, we can look back on a year when we enjoyed unprecedented capacity growth. With two of the more innovative new ships in the industry having come into service in the past six months and now with the addition of two Seaside EVO ships to our investment plan, we are now even better positioned to further extend our global footprint. We are expecting the delivery of at least one new ship each year through 2026, with six to have come into service between 2017 and 2020,” said Vago.
With the addition of these new ships, MSC’s unprecedented investment plan will now account for 12 new ships to be built between 2017 and 2026, for an overall investment of $16 billion.
MSC Seaside will homeport in Miami and offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Fresh on the heels of Seaside, sister ship MSC Seaview will come into service in June 2018, starting her inaugural summer season in the Med.
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