MSC Cruises has cut the first steel of MSC Seashore, the first of two MSC Cruises Seaside EVO ships currently on order at shipbuilder Fincantieri.
At a ceremony held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono launched the cutting of the first steel of this new ship.
Coming into service in spring 2021, the 169,400 GT MSC Seashore will be the first in its kind, as an evolution of MSC Cruises’ Seaside Class of ships. New cutting-edge features include an additional lounge at the aft of the ship; a further enhanced MSC Yacht Club covering three forward decks; specialty restaurants at the promenade level on deck eight for dining al fresco close to the sea; more whirlpools across the ship; 200 additional staterooms; and even more generous public spaces.
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Seaside EVO ships will also be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, including a selective catalytic reduction system; exhaust gas cleaning technology; state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems; and an advanced energy and heat recovery system, as well as other technology and measures to further increase energy efficiency.
“With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to-date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow," said MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago. Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship. MSC Seashore is an example of our commitment to bringing the most innovative and technologically-advanced tonnage to the sea, and will be bestowed with the latest and best maritime and environmental technology available.”
MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built under this plan and will become the 19th ship MSC Cruises has built since its inception in 2003. MSC Seashore will be joined just 18 months later by a second Seaside EVO ship in autumn 2022.