MSC hails strength of UK market as first Seaside ship floated out

 MSC hails strength of UK market as first Seaside ship floated out

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MSC Cruises has celebrated the ‘float out’ of its newest ship MSC Seaside as UK sales show ‘strength’.

The first of the cruise line’s new Seaside-class ships transferred from dry to wet dock at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste, Italy, at the weekend.

Speaking at the event, UK managing director Antonio Paradiso said he was pleased with the strong response the operator was already seeing from the British market.

“This is another exciting milestone in our ambitious expansion plans as we see the second of our 11 next-generation ships entering the final stages of her construction.

“MSC Seaside has been specifically designed to provide our guests with a unique onboard experience in warmer regions.

“The UK market is very important and we are delighted with the strength of sales for MSC Seaside so far. The Caribbean continues to be an ever popular destination for UK holidaymakers.”

The ship, which will launch in December 2017, will homeport in Miami and complete year round sailing in the Caribbean.

At 323 metres long the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests on completion and is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship MSC Seaview will enter service in spring 2018.

MSC Cruises names second Seaside-generation smart ship MSC Seaview

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MSC Cruises’ second Seaside-generation smart ship, set to launch in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview.

Spending its inaugural season in the western Mediterranean, MSC Seaview will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.

MSC’s Seaside-generation offers a high ratio of outdoor space per guest, as well as an increased number of balcony cabins and public areas.

Built by Fincantieri, MSC Seaview will feature a 360-degree promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship.

As well as Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona, MSC Seaview will call at destinations such as Naples and Messina in Italy, and Malta.

The vessel will also include the latest at sea technology, as part of a partnership with Samsung. The technology covers everything from the latest displays and mobile solution to products to help enhance the customer retail experience.

Sales for the ship are now open to MSC Voyagers members, with all other guests able to book from 18 July.

MSC Seaview’s sister ship, MSC Seaside, is entering into service in December 2017, and sailing year round from Miami, US, to a range of Caribbean and Central American destinations.