MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its new flagship, MSC Seascape, in a ceremony in Monfalcone, Italy.
The 5,877-passenger ship is the second in the Seaside EVO class and is the largest ever built in Italy. The delivery took place in the presence of Gianluigi Aponte, the ship-owner, as well as founder and executive chairman of MSC Group.
Also present were Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of shipbuilders Fincantieri, as well as local dignitaries, travel adviser partners and media.
“MSC Seascape is the second ship to come into service this year bringing our modern fleet to 21 ships,” said MSC Cruises chief executive officer Gianni Onorato.
“MSC Seascape aims to connect guests with the sea, she offers a wealth of outdoor spaces allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Caribbean, where she will spend her inaugural season.
“The ship’s distinctive design with nearly 13,000 square metres of outdoor space and an expansive waterfront promenade, invites guests to enjoy their escape to the Caribbean and disconnect.”
MSC Seascape features selective catalytic reduction systems on its engines to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 per cent. It is also equipped with advanced waste management systems and a variety of energy-efficiency improvements.
As well as six swimming pools, 11 dining venues and 19 bars, it boasts technologically advanced onboard entertainment options, including the Robotron – a a state-of-the-art robotic arm with an attached gondola that seats three guests and flies them over 50m above the sea.
Following a naming ceremony in New York on December 7, MSC Seascape will sail to Miami for its inaugural season in the Caribbean.