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MSC Cruises Opens Sales for MSC Seaside

Rendering of MSC Seaside

Rendering of MSC Seaside

MSC Cruises Opens Sales for Inaugural Season Next Generation Ship, MSC Seaside Debuting in December 2017 and Sailing from Miami, MSC Seaside Opens 2 nd Phase of Company’s North American Expansion Strategy

MSC Cruises — the Switzerland-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and number one cruise line in Europe, South America, and South Africa — announced today that MSC Seaside, the first ship of the cruise line’s “Seaside” generation of ships, is now open for booking.

Known as “the ship that follows the sun,” MSC Seaside — which is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy — is set to debut in December 2017 and sail year-round from Miami with a wide range of highly appealing 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Guests sailing to the eastern Caribbean will visit popular destinations such as St. Thomas, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, while those heading to the western Caribbean will have the chance to explore Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, and the Bahamas. The first sailing will be the Christmas cruise of December 21, 2017 .

To reward loyal guests and give them the chance to be among the first to experience the highly-anticipated MSC Seaside , MSC Cruises has opened sales exclusively to MSC Voyager Club Members through December 29 . Members that book between December 15-December 29 will receive their standard 5 percent discount that Voyagers Club members receive on all cruises plus a bonus All-Inclusive Classic drink package applicable to first and second guest in a stateroom on all seven night or longer MSC Seaside sailings. On December 29 , sales will open to the general public offering a special All-Inclusive Classic drink package, applicable to first and second guest in a stateroom on all seven night or longer MSC Seaside sailings for all bookings made by January 31, 2016 .  Voyagers Club Members will continue to receive their 5% discount plus All-Inclusive Classic drink package for bookings made through January 31, 2016 . Prices start at $589 per person.

Offering a cruise concept that will bring guests closer to the sea, the 1,059 foot long MSC Seaside will break from established industry designs, featuring a unique 360 degree ocean level promenade on Deck 8 that will include indoor/outdoor shops and restaurants, as well as a full buffet area and a pool, which are traditionally located on a cruise ship’s higher decks. In addition, the ship’s public spaces will feature breathtaking views with a two-deck glass-walled atrium and panoramic exterior elevators.

“The bold, ground-breaking design of MSC Seaside speaks of our company’s commitment to innovation and our desire to continue to introduce both experienced and first-time  cruisers to new experiences that will make their vacation truly unforgettable,” said Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises. “We’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm and strong demand from travelers around the world interested in experiencing MSC Seaside and are thrilled to be able to open sales for this revolutionary ship two years ahead of its debut.”

Docking at a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, MSC Seaside will join the ultramodern and elegant MSC Divina in servicing the North American market and providing guests with a best-in-class experience.

In addition, the 4,140-guest (based on double occupancy), 154,000-GRT ship will be the first MSC Cruises’ ship to head directly to the U.S. from the shipyard, and the first MSC ship to be christened in the U.S.

“As a global company, North America is a strategic market for MSC Cruises as we embark on an ambitious expansion plan centering on seven new cruise ships by 2022,” said Onorato. “With the return of MSC Divina to Miami just last month and plans for MSC Seaside to join her in Miami in 2017, we are looking forward to sharing our distinct Mediterranean heritage – which includes elegant and stylish décor, world-class entertainment, and authentic Mediterranean-style dining – with North American guests.”

Recognized fleet wide for her beautifully decorated and elegant staterooms, MSC Cruises is designing accommodations on MSC Seaside to be the perfect blend of comfort and style.  The ship will feature open ‘modular’ staterooms – convertible staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 people – for families and groups, as well as luxury suites with private hot tubs and hanging gardens. MSC Seaside will also boast an enhanced MSC Yacht Club with private solarium, lounge and pool.

Entertainment on board will be available for all ages, including standout activities for families. Highlights include a full-sized bowling alley, a dedicated kids only restaurant, and the most interactive, multi-story water park at sea with five different water slides, an AquaPlay area designed for tots, and an adventure trail. In addition, thanks to the company’s world-class partnerships, MSC Seaside will have dedicated LEGO and Chicco designed play areas.

MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship is set to enter service in 2018 with the option for a third Seaside generation ship to be delivered by 2021.

MSC Seaside and her sister ships will set new standards for eco-friendliness, featuring Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) systems to remove pollutants and hazardous substances from waste water; garbage treatment plants for highly efficient solid waste management; scrubbers to reduce emissions; antifouling paints; and optimized hull lines, propellers and rudders to reduce drag and fuel consumption. In addition, the ships will have LED lighting, meaning lower energy demand and significantly lower fuel consumption, as well as advanced heat recovery plants to feed fresh water, laundry, swimming pools and  hot water. The ship is fully compliant with the Safe Return to Port requirement.

To be one of the first to book and experience MSC Seaside, guests can contact their local travel agent, call MSC Cruises direct at (877) 665-4655 or visit the website .

  About MSC Cruises

Geneva, Switzerland-based MSC Cruises S.A. is the world’s largest privately-held global cruise line. Since its inception in 2003, the Company grew by 800% and is today the fourth largest cruise line in the world, the market leader in Europe and in the Mediterranean as well as in South America and South Africa. MSC Cruises recently announced a $5.4 billion investment plan that includes the construction of up to seven new ships that will see MSC Cruises’ fleet double its current capacity by 2022. In 2014, 1.5 million passengers from over 150 countries vacationed aboard MSC Cruises fleet, one of the youngest at sea. MSC Cruises has offices in 45 countries and employees 16,000 staff globally.

MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the “7 Golden Pearls” award from Bureau Veritas, the global certification agency, in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. The Company has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board. MSC Cruiseshas partnered with UNICEF since 2009, collecting more than $3.5 million from MSC guest donations for UNICEF initiatives.


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