Today saw a coin laying ceremony at the Finacantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy which heralded the start of the keel laying process for MSC’s second Seaside class ship, MSC Seaview, which is scheduled to enter service June 2018.
The 154,000 tonne ship will be able to accomodate 5429 guests and will join her older sister, MSC Seasside, which is currently in the fitting out process, in the MSC fleet.
With the first keel section in place. the ship’s ‘Madrina’s’ Michela Bullo, from Fincantieri, and Loredana Giammusso, from MSC Cruises proceeded to place two coins under the ships keel, which is said to bring good luck and fortune to the ship.
In a statement released by Finantieri and MSC Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman remarked that this ceremony was a the proof of the investment that MSC Cruises are providing to build new generational cruise ships. He 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 of Fincantieri, was delighted at the continued partnership between the shipyard and MSC Cruises and was delighted at the start of the keel laying process for MSC Seaview. He stated:
“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.” We are confident that this success bodes well for our partnership with our MSC friends”.
MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer Giani Onorato, added:
“MSC Seaview will bring guests and the sea closer to each other, with a pioneering beach condo concept and other unique design and product elements that allow to make the most of the warmer weather. With one of the highest ratios of outdoor spaces at sea, guests will also enjoy an increased number of balcony cabins, sea views and outdoor public areas, with every element carefully planned to allow to make the most of the sea and the sunshine. Every element of the ship is designed to enable guests to enjoy the outdoors in every aspect of their life on board, from cabins and suites with outdoor spaces, eating and drinking al fresco through to outdoor fitness facilities and luxury cabanas for spa treatments in the fresh air.”
MSC Cruises are undergoing rapid growth with a wealth of new ships been built over the last decade and with 4 more under construction, they have assumed the title of the ‘World’s Largest Privately Owned Cruise Line’.
MSC Seaside is due to enter service in December 2017 where she will be christened in Miami, Florida whilst the largest ship so far to be constructed for MSC Cruises, MSC Meraviglia will enter service this June and will operate in the Mediterranean.