MSC Cruises New MSC Seaside Ship Comes to Miami in December 2017

Update December 1, 2017

Today in the port of Trieste, Italy, MSC Cruises celebrated the coming into service of MSC Seaside, the new flagship for MSC Cruises, as she prepares to welcome the first guests and cross the Atlantic for her new home in Miami.

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MSC Seaside during sea trials, image courtesy MSC Cruises

MSC Seaside is a brand new prototype, designed specifically for sun lovers and to bring MSC Cruises guests closer to the sea. The ship boasts generous outdoor public spaces so that guests can make the most of the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors, which are the highlights of a cruise vacation. This is now the fifth new prototype from MSC Cruises, and each and every new ship is designed to further enhance the cruise experience, bringing something unique and different every time.

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The stunning atrium at the heart of the ship acts as the social hub, image courtesy MSC Cruises

Unlike anything else at sea, MSC Seaside will be the new star of Miami, truly recognizable and with a distinctive design inspired by a Miami beach condo. But it is not just the design of this ship that sets her apart, but also the on board experience that distinguishes an MSC Cruises getaway. MSC Seaside will offer world-class entertainment, a host of new international dining concepts, outstanding facilities for families, the MSC Yacht Club, which has become MSC Cruises’ signature luxury offering, and much more. These diverse features will differentiate the MSC Cruises brand and cruise experience in the North American market. Some of the main highlights of MSC Seaside include:

Unique design features – Inspired by the beach condos that have made Miami famous, MSC Seaside has a number of distinctive and innovative design features unlike any other ship. Two unique glass-floored catwalks and a 131 ft. high ‘Bridge of Sighs’ give guests a view of the ocean like never before. A waterfront boardwalk, the widest on any ship ever built, wraps around the ship, while panoramic elevators connect everything together.

Variety of accommodation – Developed to provide the perfect accommodation for every type of guest, the ship offers flexible modular staterooms for groups of up to ten guests, exclusive aft corner suites with stunning sea views, terraced balcony staterooms with extended private terraces overlooking the waterfront boardwalk and luxurious suites with their own outdoor whirlpool bath.

Rich and varied entertainment – MSC Seaside doesn’t just feature a full-sized bowling alley, XD cinema and the longest zip line at sea, but also the most interactive aqua park at sea with five water attractions: the first cruise ship Slideboarding attraction, 525 ft. long dueling body slides and two spray areas for kids. There is never a dull moment on board!

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MSC Seaside features the longest zip line at sea at a staggering 105m long, image courtesy MSC Cruises

Extensive dining options – MSC Seaside will offer an extensive choice of indoor and outdoor dining venues with a tempting range of international restaurants. One of the highlights is Asian Market Kitchen from renowned Pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi. Other highlights include a luxury seafood restaurant, Ocean Cay, an authentic American-style steakhouse, the Butcher’s Cut, and a new French bistro, La Bohème.

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Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi offers guests three unique dining concepts, image courtesy MSC Cruises

Outstanding facilities and services for families and kids of all ages – MSC Seaside features brand new entertainment on top of everything families have already come to expect from MSC Cruises. As well as all-day kids’ entertainment and six dedicated areas for babies and kids of all ages, guests can also take part in the brand new DOREMI Family Cinema and a new exciting buzzer game.

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Fun awaits kids of all ages in the dedicated kids areas, image courtesy MSC Cruises

MSC Seaside will depart Trieste on December 1st, making a 21 day trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in PortMiami, her new home on December 21st. That evening, the new MSC Cruises flagship will be officially named in a glittering ceremony. And, no MSC Cruises naming ceremony would be complete without the Godmother, Sophia Loren, who has played the leading role in this time-honored tradition since 2003.

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MSC Seaside comes into service, image courtesy MSC Cruises

MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean offering 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries starting December 23, 2017.

Original post from June 19, 2017 follows below

MSC Seaside is the second new ship launched by MSC Cruises in 2017 after the MSC Meraviglia was christened earlier this summer.  MSC Seaside promises an innovative ship designed to connect its passengers to the sea like never before with features such as a seafront promenade, panoramic glass atrium and elevators, and an aft-view pool perfect for watching sunsets at sea.  The MSC Seaside will be based in Miami, and follow the sun on Caribbean cruises.  Continue reading to find out more about MSC Seaside below.

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MSC Seaside artist rendering courtesy MSC Cruises

From MSC Cruises’ Press Release

MSC Seaside, the most anticipated ship coming to Miami in December, 2017, is the first of up to three MSC Cruises next-generation “Seaside” class of cruise ships. With an ultramodern and innovative “condo-on-the-beach” design, the ship has been crafted specifically for warm weather, offering sun worshippers one of the highest ratios of outdoor space at sea. She will sail from Miami to the Caribbean year-round and bring guests closer to the sea than ever before with a 360° outdoor promenade including a variety of outdoor restaurants and bars.

On board MSC Seaside, guests will relish a unique vacation experience with world-class entertainment in a 934-seat theater offering four performances each night; inspired gourmet dining at 11 different venues, including a Pan-Asian specialty restaurant created in partnership with celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi; endless activities for all ages featuring two of the longest zip lines at sea and one of the most interactive waterparks at sea with Slideboarding technology; and an enhanced MSC Yacht Club boasting a private sun deck and restaurant, 24-hour butler service and a panoramic top sail lounge.

At full capacity, the MSC Seaside will accommodate 5,179 guests in a variety of staterooms including family staterooms, super family staterooms or duplex staterooms with family options. 73% of all staterooms have a balcony, and the innovative terraced balcony staterooms has a portion of the balcony uncovered, allowing guests to relax in the sunshine on their own private terrace.

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MSC Seaside, Balcony cabin image courtesy MSC Cruises

The MSC Seaside will offer 11 distinct dining venues, featuring cuisines from all around the world, including: a pan-Asian specialty restaurant in partnership with Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi; a signature seafood restaurant; and a Butcher’s Cut American steakhouse where guests can choose their favorite steak from glass-fronted meat aging fridges. Dining options will also include two buffets open 20 hours a day, including a dedicated family buffet.

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MSC Seaside, Pan Asian restaurant rendering courtesy MSC Cruises

On board entertainment and family activities include the most interactive aqua park at sea.  The Aqua Park will be the first to feature interactive Slideboarding technology on a cruise ship, combining a unique water slide and an interactive video game all-in-one. [Click here for our review of Slideboarding at Great Wolf Lodge.] Families will also enjoy two decks of fun and activities, including an adventure trail and four different water slides (one indoor and one outdoor). A total of 6 public pools, including a 27,500 sq. ft. main pool and an aft pool with breathtaking sea views.

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MSC Seaside, Aquapark rendering courtesy MSC Cruises

In addition, MSC Seaside will offer colorful kids’ play areas created in partnership with LEGO and Chicco for children ages 0-17.

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Upper Pool at night on the MSC Seaside, image courtesy MSC Cruises.

Swiss-based MSC Cruises is one of the leading cruise lines in Europe, South America and South Africa, and is currently featuring a number of deals including 2 for 1 Caribbean and Europe offers, reduced deposits of just $49 per person, and kids 11 and under sail free on select cruises.  Click here for more information on deckplans, itineraries, entertainment and more for MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.