The keel laying ceremony of the new 154,000 gross tonne MSC Seaview for MSC Cruises took place at the Fincanteri shipyard in Italy on 02 February 2017.
During the ceremony and keel laying, coins were placed in the ship’s keel. The keel section of the ship was then lowered into the dry-dock.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “MSC Seaview is one of the four MSC Cruises’ ships currently under construction, as part of an industry-unprecedented ten-year, €9 billion investment plan that underpins the next phase of our global growth as the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line. She will also be a reflection of our unique and ongoing commitment to each time bringing to market the most innovatively conceived cruise ships, as the Seaside generation of MSC Cruises ships – of which MSC Seaview is part – introduces yet another game-changing prototype.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, said: “We always celebrate every stage of progress of this project with satisfaction. The MSC Seaview order, as the one for its sister ship MSC Seaside, which was floated out in November 2016, is one of those which has allowed the crucial relaunch of the cruise market. Our group has shown to fully match this important opportunity, which has helped to make Fincantieri the acknowledged leader in this industry, both in terms of volume and product diversification.”
The 5,300-passenger MSC Seaview will enter service in June 2018, offering cruises around the western Mediterranean, from Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona during her inaugural season. The ship is then to be deployed in Brazil.
MSC Seaview is a sister ship to the MSC Seaside which will enter service in November 2017. The new ships feature a unique design, brining guests closer to the sea and allowing them to make the most of warmer weather. The ships feature many spacious outdoor spaces, including a wraparound promenade deck. The new ships also feature an increased number of balconies cabins.
Passenger amenities on board include various bars, lounges and restaurants, an aqua park with 5 water slides as well as the longest zip line at sea.