Construction of the first of two Seaside Evo-class ships for MSC Cruises has begun, with the cutting of the first piece of steel taking place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy on 26 November 2018.
MSC Cruises also announced that the new ship will be named MSC Seashore. The 169,400 gross tonne ship will be the largest ship ever to be built in Italy and is due to enter service in spring 2021.
The new enhanced class of ship is built upon the Seaside-class and will feature a larger MSC Yacht Club, a wider choice of speciality restaurants and more whirlpools across the ship. MSC Seashore will have an additional 200 cabins and offer larger public areas.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to-date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow. Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship. MSC Seashore is an example of our commitment to bringing the most innovative and technologically-advanced tonnage to the sea, and will be bestowed with the latest and best maritime and environmental technology available.”