MSC Cruises recently took delivery of its new flagship MSC Seashore – the largest cruise ship to be built in Italy. An intimate ceremony was held to mark the occasion as tradition dictates at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and was attended in person by MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago; other members of the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families; Giampiero Massolo and Giuseppe Bono, Chairman and CEO of Fincantieri; as well as representatives from MSC’s new builds team, along with executives and workers from the shipyard.
During the ceremony, which pays tribute to centuries-old maritime traditions, Roberto Olivari, Fincantieri’s shipyard director, presented an ampoule containing the water that first touched the hull when the ship was floated out earlier this year to Giuseppe Galano, Master of MSC Seashore.
MSC Seashore sister ship, MSC Seascape, is currently under construction at the Monfalcone shipyard and due to come into service in winter 2022.
MSC Seashore, The Ship
MSC Seashore is the first Seaside EVO ship, an evolution of the game-changing and pioneering Seaside class, joining sister ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively. This class of ship is renowned for its innovative and glamorous design features and is conceived to connect guests with the sea.
MSC Seashore offers a host of new features, venues, and experiences for guests, as 65% of the public areas have been reimagined to take the guest experience to a new level. The ship offers 140,000 sq. ft of outdoor space, the most outdoor space of any MSC ship sailing from the U.S., with numerous outdoor bars and dining, pools and deck area for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as different vantage points around the ship to take in the sea views.
For more on MSC Seashore, please visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com/cruise/ships/msc-seashore.
Summer in the Mediterranean
MSC Seashore will commence her inaugural season in the Mediterranean offering the popular ‘Six Pearls’ itinerary calling the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, with visits to Pompeii, and Messina in Sicily; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France.
MSC Seashore’s Arrival to the U.S. and Winter in the Caribbean
MSC Seashore will arrive to the Miami for the first time on November 18, 2021 after an epic 18-night repositioning cruise to North America departing October 31 from Genoa.
Beginning Nov. 20, MSC Seashore will be MSC Cruises’ newest ship to cruise from the U.S.,offering seven-night cruises in the Caribbean calling San Juan in Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas; Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic; and finally, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas – MSC Cruises’ new private island destination in The Bahamas. A highlight of MSC Cruises’ itineraries in The Bahamas & Caribbean, Ocean Cay offers guests over two miles of white sand beaches in an eco-friendly environment with activities for all ages. Guests can enjoy a relaxing day in a cabana overlooking the turquoise waters or explore the area with dedicated excursions including snorkeling, paddle boarding, jet skiing and more.
Latest and Most Advanced Environmental Technology
MSC Cruises is committed to building some of the most innovative cruise ships in the world, and this innovation also applies to environmental performance. With a long-term objective to achieve net carbon neutral operations by 2050, each new ship represents another step towards this goal, alongside other investments to help accelerate the development of next-generation environmental technology.
MSC Seashore is no exception, featuring the latest-generation environmental technologies and equipment that will minimize their impact. This includes hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) and cutting-edge selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR), achieving a 98 percent reduction of sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions and reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 90 percent. The wastewater treatment system has been designed in line with the International Maritime Organization’s MEPC 227(64) Resolution and achieve purification standards that are higher than most wastewater treatment facilities ashore.
New RINA notations
MSC Seashore has received two additional class notations from the classification society RINA. The first is the Sustainable Ship notation, as the vessel features some of the most advanced environmental technologies currently available. This is a goal-based notation assignable to ships that demonstrate they meet sustainability-related requirements, reflecting the strategic sustainability goals adopted by the UN.
The second is the Biosafe Ship notation for infection risk mitigation (also achieved by MSC Grandiosa), a goal-based and voluntary notation that certifies the ship is equipped with systems, components and has a layout and operational procedures that reduce infection risk.