MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its newest cruise ship MSC Seaview at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. It is the second ship in the Seaside class, following the launch of MSC Seaside at the end of 2017.
This new ship is the 15th ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet and their third ‘next generation’ ship to launch in 12 months.
During the summer months, MSC Seaview will sail the Mediterranean before heading to South America for the winter.
MSC Cruises have described MSC Seaview as a ‘game changer’ with her generous public spaces on deck and claims it “pushes the boundaries of pioneering shipbuilding and design”.
MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “MSC Seaview will bring yet another new distinctively innovative MSC Cruises product to the market as she boasts cutting-edge design, and features the latest marine and environmental technology.
“She is an example of our commitment to bring the best and most innovative tonnage to the market, and our ambition to set each time a new standard in the industry.
“The Seaside class is yet another brand new, highly-innovative prototype that we introduce – the fifth to date, since we entered the cruising industry only 15 years ago. Moreover, I am proud to say, together with her sister ship MSC Seaside, it is the biggest ship ever built in Italy.”
In keeping with tradition, Fincantieri’s shipyard director Roberto Olivari handed over an ampoule holding the first water that touched the hull when the ship was floated last year to Pier Paolo Scala, master of MSC Seaview.
MSC Seaview departs for Genoa in Italy today, where she will be officially inaugurated in a ceremony on June 9.
Sophia Loren is to name the ship and serve as Godmother.
MSC Cruises’ next ship, MSC Bellissima, will be completed in nine months’ time, the first of two Meraviglia class ships to come into service over a six-month period next year.