MSC Cruises ordered two new cruise ships with an option for one more. The new prototype will named “Seaside”, will be built in Fincantieri and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by the Italian shipyard.
The 154,000 ton vessels will cost E700 million each. The first will be delivered to MSC Cruises in November 2017 and the second in May 2018. Will boast 2,070 guest cabins and will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members.
The two ships will be a generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view and “revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”
The new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world and presents unique features such as a sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. In addition, Seaside will also feature a spacious theatre, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.
The technological innovations will included, among other things, further reduce fuel consumption by 25%. MSC Cruises will double the capacity of their fleet by 2022.