Update: “MSC Cruises, the largest privately-owned cruise company in the world, announced today that the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships – set to debut in November 2017 – will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.”
Many of you know where I stand with MSC, in brief, it is a great company just under the right price bracket. I would not hesitate to sail with them again, but I would need to get the right deal on that sailing. I have been following the company closely since the release of information regarding their new vessels. Lucky for us the company has released some new information about the future projects. The Vista class and the Seaside class, however, I am more interested in the Seaside class.
- There will be 3 ships, delivered in 2017, 2018, and 2021
- The largest in the Fleet, designed to follow the sun.
- Double Deck Atrium with glass walls
- Outdoor Themed Aqua Park
- Waterfront Promenade
- Aft Pool
- Cluster family cabins
- Enhanced suite experience.
I have to admit that this project really catches my eye. The ships seem to have a mixture of all of the other vessels that have been successful here in the USA. It might be just me, but it seems like MSC is building a ship that is specifically built for the American market. Then again, I could be wrong, and these vessels might be delivered to Europe. This will be an interesting project to follow.
In addition, there are rumors that a free-fall ride might be installed in the aft of the ship. Now this sounds like an amazing thing to add to a ship. It would be a definite first in the industry. However, I do see problems arising from the attraction. Mainly noise, I can only imagine that people will be screaming all day. This will make napping is the aft pool, or those aft rooms nearly impossible. Then again this is a small price to pay to have this kind of attraction on-board.
Here is the video released by MSC.