Making its way onto the Cruise Ship scene with a view to re-imagining the concept of space and entertainment aboard ships, the new MSC Seaside was officially named at a ceremony in Miami on the 21st December 2017.
MSC Seaside’s naming ceremony has been long-awaited, with contract for the ship having been signed back in 2014.
The events began on the 29th November at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where MSC Cruises took delivery of MSC Seaside at a ceremony attended by Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Graziano Delrio, Italy’s Minister of Infrastructures and Transports, amongst other special guests. The ship was then seen off by the city of Trieste with a great ceremony and fireworks display as it embarked on its Maiden Cruise, the Grand Voyage to Miami.
Finally, on 21st December, it was formally named in a glittering ceremony by screen legend and MSC Cruises godmother Sophia Loren. Headlining the entertainment for the evening’s Naming Ceremony was multiple latin grammy winner,
Ricky Martin. Participants in the ceremony and followers on social networks also had the opportunity to appreciate an exciting performance by the well-known Italian artist Andrea Bocelli. In charge of the whole evening’s entertainment was actor and popular American TV host Mario Lopez who served as the Master of Ceremonies. Lopez also welcomed guests to the star-lit festivities on the “Blue Carpet”, where celebrities gave interviews, took photographs, and met the crowds. Mr Lopez then took to the stage to host the evening’s entertainment.
What makes the ship so special then? MSC Seaside rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design; in its conception, the ambition was to create an open ship that brings passengers closer to the sea, making for a more special customer experience.
The ship’s fine craftsmanship hence blends indoor and outdoor areas to connect passengers with the sea. Circling the entire ship is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop, swim and sunbathe whilst the two-deck glass-walled atrium and panoramic elevators offer magnificent views.
With one of the highest ratios of outdoor space on the market, and an increased number of balcony staterooms, this is undeniably MSC’s newest, most innovative cruise ship.
As of the 23rd December, Seaside will sail all year-round, from Miami to the Caribbean, offering up to 14 night stays, justifying its prestigious title as “The ship that follows the sun”.