The first steel of MSC Seashore, one of two MSC Cruises Seaside EVO ships, has been cut at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
Entering service in Spring 2021, the 169,400 tonne MSC Seashore will be the first in its kind. New features include an additional lounge at the aft part; a further enhanced MSC Yacht Club covering three forward decks; specialty restaurants at the level of the promenade at Deck 8 for dining al fresco close to the sea, whirlpools across the ship and 200 additional cabins.
Seaside EVO ships will be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, including exhaust gas cleaning; state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems; and an advanced energy and heat recovery system.
MSC Cruises’ executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri’s chief executive Giuseppe Bono launched the cutting of the first steel.
Vago 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.”
MSC’s 10-year development plan includes 17 additional mega ships, with four new ships currently under construction at the same time. MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built under this plan and will be the 19th ship MSC Cruises has built since its inception in 2003.
Seaside EVO ships will host up to 5,632 guests. A second Seaside EVO ship will join MSC Seashore in autumn 2022.