MSC Seaside

The MSC Seaside is the first Seaside-class cruise ship being built by Italian ship builder, Fincantieri, for MSC Cruises. The steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel was held at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy in June 2015.

The new cruise ship will be the biggest ship ever built by Fincantieri, and the first to be constructed for MSC Cruises. It will be delivered in November 2017 and will sail on its maiden voyage to Miami for MSC Cruises’ first ever christening ceremony in the US, in December 2017. It will then sail on a year-round trip from Port Miami to the Caribbean.

The cruise ship represents MSC Cruises’ $5.8bn, seven-ship investment plan, which has the aim of doubling its capacity by 2022. As part of the expansion plan, the company ordered two identical ultra-modern, state-of-the-art ships in 2014, with the option for one more ship.

The second vessel of the Seaside-class will be delivered by Fincantieri in May 2018, whereas the third vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2021.

MSC Seaside cruise ship design

The design of Carnival Vista, the biggest cruise ship in the fleet of Carnival Cruise Lines, was unveiled at the Lincoln Centre, New York, in January 2014.

The MSC Seaside will have a length of 323m, beam of 41m, and gross tonnage of 154,000t. It will accommodate up to 5,179 guests. The ship will incorporate a bold design and feature a 360º seafront promenade. It is designed to be large and spacious, to provide a comfortable stay for passengers.

The public spaces of the ship will feature a two-deck glass-walled atrium, and panoramic exterior elevators.

Accommodation aboard MSC Seaside

The ship will feature open, modular, connected staterooms, convertible staterooms and cluster cabins for families and groups, and luxury suites with private jacuzzis and hanging gardens.

MSC Seaside will feature 2,070 guest cabins and 759 crew cabins. Roughly 72% of the cabins will have a balcony and 76% will be located outside. The guests will be served by 1,413 crew members.

Entertainment and play area

MSC Seaside will feature one of the biggest and most interactive multi-storey aqua parks at sea. Two decks on the ship will offer activities, including adventure trails and different slides, for children and families. MSC Seaside will be the first cruise ship to feature slideboarding technology, which combines a unique waterslide and interactive video game. The 367ft, two-storey slide comes with a sleekly-designed raft with embedded game controller.

"The ship will feature open, modular, connected staterooms, convertible staterooms and cluster cabins."

On duelling high-speed aquatubes, guests can race against each other through a combine 525ft twists, turns and drops, on slides that partially extend over the side of the ship, giving the riders a view of the sea.

AquaPlay and AquaSpray are two play areas in the AquaPark that will be dedicated for young travellers aboard. The areas will feature an active and colourful water play-area, with tipping buckets, spray cannons, solid stream jets, a rain tree, and a mini-slide. Other AquaSpray activities will include jets, falls, and forts for all age groups.

Adventure trail is another activity area where guests will find a rope course between soaring towers, rope bridges, climbs, crawl-throughs and slides. It will be directly connected to the aqua park.

Other entertainment areas on the ship will include a new theatre, a stylish comedy club, and a full-sized bowling alley. The ship will also feature an enhanced MSC yacht club, which includes a private solarium, lounge and a pool.

Dining aboard MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside will feature nine food outlets, of which five will be select restaurants and four will be themed restaurants, including a steak house, and fish, teppanyanki and fusion restaurants. The vessel will also have 20 distinct bars.

"MSC Seaside will feature nine food outlets, of which five will be select restaurants and four will be themed restaurants."

Eco-friendly features of MSC Seaside

The vessel will have a range of eco-friendly features, including advanced water treatment (AWT) systems, which will remove pollutants and hazardous substances from waste-water, garbage treatment plants for highly-efficient solid waste management, scrubbers to minimise emissions, and antifouling paints.

The hull lines, propeller and rudders will be optimised to reduce drag and fuel consumption. LED lights will be used to reduce energy consumption and advanced heat recovery plants will be installed to feed fresh water, laundry, swimming pools, and hot water.

Engine and propulsion

GE Marine will provide the electrical propulsion for MSC Seaside and its sister ships. It will supply propulsion control with transformers, variable frequency drives (VFDs) core components, slow-speed propulsion motors and distribution transformers.

The propulsion system will provide a maximum speed of 21.3kt.