154,000gt MSC Seaview, at 323mtr long and featuring a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests, is due to come into service in June 2018, six months after first in class MSC Seaside debuts in December 2017 with a voyage from Trieste, Italy to year-round homeport Miami.
MSC Seaview will sail her inaugural 2018 summer season in the Mediterranean, visiting Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.
Following this inaugural season, the ship will deploy to Brazil and the southern hemisphere for winter 2018-2019 with an itinerary that includes Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman, commented: ‘The float out of MSC Seaview is another significant milestone in the expansion of our fleet. She is part of a ten year investment plan that will have already seen the delivery of six new ships by 2020.’
Focussing on the Med, Vago concluded: ‘The deployment of MSC Seaview in this key region will help us further push boundaries by bringing one of the most innovative cruise ships to an area that we are deeply committed to and is a cornerstone of our business.’
Giuseppe Bono, ceo of Fincantieri, stated: ‘MSC Seaview is a challenge that Fincantieri is proud to carry out successfully, as demonstrated by the milestone reached today. She is the second of a new generation that is testing all of our best technical and managerial skills, considering that the float out takes place less than nine months away from that of the prototype that launched this class of ships, MSC Seaside.’
With MSC Seaside berthed across the yard undergoing outfitting, Monfalcone yard director Roberto Olivari referred to Fincantieri’s first newbuild partnership with MSC Cruises, ‘as allowing Monfalcone to fulfil it’s mission to build large cruiseships.' Seaside-class are the largest passenger ships to be built in Italy.
Next ship to start construction at Monfalcone is the first Costa Asia vessel, whose first sections are sitting alongside the drydock ready to be assembled once Seaview leaves the flooded drydock.
MSC Seaview is the company’s third next-generation ship coming into service in 12 months, following on from MSC Meraviglia (June 2017) and MSC Seaside (December 2017).