MSC Cruises has revealed more of the “wow!” that its new ship MSC Seaside will feature when it debuts in late 2017. Now under construction in Italy, the mega-ship is going to have three outdoor catwalks that extend beyond the edge of the ship, with all glass railings and a glass floor, giving guests the feeling that they are walking on water, plus terraced balcony staterooms, where a portion of the outdoor space is uncovered, allowing for private sunbathing, and the longest zip line at sea – 425 feet across the length of the ship.
MSC Seaside, which is one of 11 new ships the cruise line will build before 2026, will sail year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami after its launch.
According to Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises: “This prototype is significantly different from anything we have ever built before as this is a ship dedicated to cruising in warm seas. The design of the ship embodies our passion for the sea with innovative features to enhance the enjoyment of the open water and sunshine for our guests. With the highest ratio of outdoor spaces on any of MSC Cruises’ ships, guests will also enjoy an increased number of balcony staterooms, sea views and public areas.”
MSC Seaside will accommodate 4,140 guests at double occupancy. MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship is set to enter service in 2018, while a third one – reflecting an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship – would be delivered by 2021.
Starting in December 2017, MSC Seaside will feature three Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting ports in the Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico — complementing the itineraries of MSC Divina, also sailing out of Miami.
In addition, the ship will call at MSC Cruises’ own Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Spanning 95-acres with 11,400 feet of beach-front spread across six distinct beaches — representing in total the fourth longest beach in the world — the private island experience will only be available to MSC Cruises’ guests.
Ocean Cay will have a pier right on the seafront, allowing MSC Cruises guests to step straight off the ship onto the island without having to tender. Nightlife on the private island will include live music and entertainment as well as many restaurants and bars.
Onboard, the cruise line says MSC Seaside will offer one of the more extensive choices of specially designed indoor and outdoor restaurants at sea, featuring cuisines from around the world and 20 distinct bars each with their own individual character.
“An important feature of an MSC Cruises vacation is the dining experience, which is distinguished by the extensive variety of Mediterranean and international cuisines on offering and wide range of dining formats available,” said Onorato. “Specifically for MSC Seaside, we are developing exciting new dining options for the delight of our guests, with nine eateries featuring cuisines from all around the world including a Pan-Asian restaurant in partnership with acclaimed chef, Roy Yamaguchi, a luxury seafood restaurant with a chef’s table and a world-class international steak house, amongst others.”