The 5,300 passenger MSC Seaside will now undergo the next phase of construction before being delivered to MSC Cruises and launching into service in November 2017. The ship is to homeport from Miami and will cruise the Caribbean.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said “Seeing this ship taking shape has a value which is not only symbolic for the group that I lead, but also for me personally. We acquired the order for the construction of it, along with a sister ship, in 2014, at the turn of an unprecedented crisis and an equally extraordinary explosion of the market. We placed such great ambitions for this order, undertaking to give the owner a state-of-the-art product, able to meet its vision of modern cruising. Being successful with a prototype and such a recognizable design, which confirms our commercial and technology leadership in this sector, makes us doubly proud of the result.”