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Fincantieri's Monfalcone delivers first Seaside EVO ship, MSC Seashore

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MSC Seashore is scheduled to enter service in the western Mediterranean before redeploying to its new PortMiami home in the winter
Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard delivered the 170,400gt MSC Seashore, the largest cruise ship built in Italy, to MSC Cruises.

This first Seaside EVO ship is an evolution of the Seaside class. 

At 339 meters/1,112 feet, it is 16 meters/52.5 feet longer than 2017's MSC Seaside and 2018's MSC Seaview and has capacity for 5,877 passengers and 1,648 crew.

€5bn impact on Italy's economy

'The construction of MSC Seashore is an investment that generates an impact on the Italian economy of almost €5 billion and the employment of up to 4,300 workers over the last two years,' MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said during an intimate ceremony in the presence of Enrico Giovannini, Italy's minister of sustainable Infrastructures and mobility. 'Furthermore,' Vago added, 'the coming into service of our new flagship will activate an important economic and employment driver, generating a further significant economic impact every year.'

Also on hand were other members of the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families, Fincantieri Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono, as well as representatives from MSC’s newbuild team and the shipyard.

Fourth cruise ship delivered by Fincantieri in Italy this year

Bono noted MSC Seashore is the fourth cruise ship Fincantieri has delivered in Italy 'during this still extremely demanding year, demonstrating the effectiveness of our production and management system. All these milestones, and others to come, have been successfully achieved and this is never taken for granted. This is why I consider this ship not only the best symbol of recovery for the whole cruise sector, but also of the capability of the group to leverage its competences and soundness to fully preserve our workload.'

Monfalcone director Roberto Olivari presented MSC Seashore Capt. Giuseppe Galano an ampoule containing water that first touched the hull when the ship was floated out earlier this year.

Western Mediterranean, then Miami

MSC Seashore is to commence sailing in the western Mediterranean with a seven-night itinerary including Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta. On Oct. 31, the ship will reposition to North America via an 18-night crossing. Starting Nov. 20, it will sail weekly from PortMiami to San Juan, St. Thomas, Puerto Plata and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. 

Sister ship MSC Seascape is under construction at the Monfalcone yard and due to enter service in winter 2022.

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