The largest cruise ship to be built in Italy, the MSC Seashore was delivered this week to MSC Cruises. The Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard is building a sister ship MSC Seascape, which is expected to come into service in early 2022.
The 339m-long MSC Seashore will be the longest vessel in the MSC fleet of cruise ships. The ship has a maximum weight of 169,400t and a maximum speed of 21.8kt. It can accommodate up to 5,632 guests and 1,648 crew members. It will include improvements such as a 16m-long extension, 10,000m² of additional deck space, and improved guest flow.
MSC Seashore is being fitted with an advanced selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and a next-generation advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) system. The SCR system will help to reduce nitrogen emissions by 90% by converting nitrogen oxide from the engine operations to nitrogen and water via catalyst conduction.
The AWT system will purify wastewater through a comprehensive purification process using a very fine filtration process and transforms it into near tap-water quality. A shore-to-ship power system being installed in the ship is designed to connect cruise ships to the power grid of a port while at berth to further reduce the ship’s emissions.
MSC said that an intimate ceremony was held to mark the occasion as tradition dictates at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and was attended in person by MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, other members of the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families, Giampiero Massolo and Giuseppe Bono, Chairman and CEO of Fincantieri, as well as representatives from MSC’s new builds team along with executives and workers from the shipyard.
During the ceremony, which pays tribute to centuries-old maritime traditions, Roberto Olivari, Fincantieri’s shipyard director, presented to Giuseppe Galano, master of the MSC Seashore, an ampoule containing the water that first touched the hull when the ship was floated out earlier this year.
“The construction of MSC Seashore is an investment that generates a direct and indirect economic impact of almost 5 billion Euros on the Italian economy. At the same time, it's coming into service also activates an important economic and employment driver for coastal communities and much beyond, generating a further significant economic impact every year for the tourism industry,” Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said.
“Our new flagship is a further testament to our leadership in sustainability, with each new ship featuring the latest and most advanced environmental technology and solutions. Additionally, over and above our industry-leading health and safety protocol, the MSC Seashore is the first cruise ship in the world to feature a new and ground-breaking air sanitation system. ‘Safe Air’ uses UV-C lamp technology, eliminating 99% of viruses and bacteria to guarantee clean and safe air for all guests and crew on board,” he added.
According to Vago, the Seashore demonstrates MSC’s commitment to “continuous innovation in terms of guest experience.”
“She is, without doubt, our most stunning and sophisticated vessel to date and takes to a whole new level the already successful Seaside platform, with public spaces completely re-imagined, a new secondary lounge and a broader offering both in terms of restaurants and retail options amongst many other new and much improved features. This will create a unique onboard experience for our guests this summer in the Mediterranean and during the Winter season when she will move to Miami to represent our full brand values with North American consumers,” Vago noted.
The CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, said that the MSC Seashore is the fourth cruise ship that the shipyard group has delivered in Italy during this “still extremely demanding year.”
MSC has a long-term objective to achieve net carbon neutral operations by 2050. According to the cruise line, each new ship represents “another step towards this goal, alongside other investments to help accelerate the development of next-generation environmental technology.”
According to the press release, the MSC Seashore has received two additional class notations from the classification society RINA. The first is the Sustainable Ship notation for its advanced environmental technologies. The second is the Biosafe Ship notation for infection risk mitigation, achieved also by the MSC Grandiosa.
The MSC Seashore – the first Seaside EVO class ship – offers a whole host of new features, venues and experiences for guests, as 65% of the public areas have been re-imagined. The ship offers 13,000 sq. meters of outdoor space, with a wide choice of outdoor bars and dining, pools and deck area as well as different vantage points around the ship to take in the sea views.
The Seashore will commence her inaugural season in the Mediterranean offering the ‘Six Pearls’ itinerary calling the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, for visits also to Pompeii, and Messina in Sicily; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France.
On Oct. 31, the ship will depart Genoa for an epic 18-night cruise as the ship repositions to North America. From Nov. 20, the ship will then offer seven-night cruises in the Caribbean, calling San Juan in Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and then Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas – MSC Cruises’ private island.