Ultra-Modern ‘MSC Seaside’ to Sail Out of Miami Starting 2017

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MSC Cruises revealed Wednesday that the MSC Seaside, the first of the ultra-modern Seaside-class ships, will be the first ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet to be christened in the United States.

MSC Seaside will sail the Caribbean year-round from PortMiami starting December 2017. The second Seaside-class ship, will be delivered in May 2018 and on option is a third Seaside ship to be delivered in 2021.

The Seaside-class ships will be built by Fincantieri. The ships will be the largest ever built by Fincantieri and will have a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons while measuring 323 meters in length, 41 meter beam and 70 meters tall. The ships will include accommodations for nearly 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members.

MSC Cruises placed the landmark order for the first two ships at Fincantieri back in May 2014 at a price of 700 million euro per ship. The order included an option for the third ship.

PortMiami and MSC Cruises have signed a letter of intent for a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, which will serve as MSC Seaside’s homeport.