The float out of MSC Cruises‘ “Seashore” vessel took place on Thursday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
The event is considered a major milestone in shipbuilding as it is the first time a new vessel touches water and sees the ship enter the next phase of construction.
According to Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono, the MSC Seashore, which will become the new flagship of MSC Cruises, is a record-breaking ship that focuses on innovation, technology and design.
The longest ship of MSC Cruises at 339 metres, the MSC Seashore has now been moved to a wet dock until her delivery in July 2021 to allow for work on her interior.
“MSC Seashore will in fact be the largest and most innovative cruise vessel ever built in Italy, featuring the latest and most advanced environmental technology currently available,” MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said.
The 169,500 GT ship with a maximum capacity of 5,877 guests, will be equipped with the latest technologies to minimise her environmental footprint.
MSC Seashore will be fitted with a state-of-the-art selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to reduce nitrogen oxide by 90 percent and a next-generation advanced wastewater treatment system (AWTS). The ship will also be fitted with shore-to-ship power which connects a docked cruise ship to a port’s local power grid to further reduce air emissions. This feature is broadly available across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet and has been standard across all of the company’s new ships since 2017.
Moreover, the MSC Seashore will offer a range of stand-out design features to enable guests to connect with the sea, such as the Bridge of Sighs, panoramic aft lifts and glass catwalks. The ship will offer a wider range of accommodation with more suites including 28 more terraced suites and two suites with private whirlpools.
MSC Seashore will become the third of a total of fours vessels in MSC Cruises’ innovative and ground-breaking Seaside class of ships, following MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and the first of two enriched Seaside Evo ships with newly designed public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the Company’s fleet.
According to MSN Cruises, more than 65 percent of the ship has been enhanced to make MSC Seashore a significant further evolution of her sister ships.