MSC Cruises – the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Gulf – has today announced the opening of sales for MSC Seashore for her inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean. Starting in June 2021, she will perform a seven-night itinerary calling at the ever popular ports of Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina, and Valetta.
Sales open today exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members for a two-week period, as one of the many benefits of the programme that rewards loyal MSC Cruises guests. All other guests will be able to book cruises from 11 July 2019. MSC Seashore will be the third ship in the innovative Seaside generation, followingMSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively. This ship is also the first of two enriched Seaside Evo ships with extended public spaces and more cabins with the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the Company’s fleet.
Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, commented, “Each and every ship that we build is different. MSC Seashore is an evolution of the ground-breaking Seaside prototype, as this enriched ship has allowed us to further enhance the guest experience with the introduction of new features and facilities, as well as further improvement of the existing ones. With an increased capacity and expanded facilities, MSC Seashore will offer guests many opportunities to get closer to the sea, providing yet more options for holidaymakers to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean when the ship comes into service.”
The increased size of the ship, 16 metres, has allowed for some of the public spaces to be redesigned, with the introduction of new public areas, as well as optimising the location of other areas of the ship. A new double deck show lounge has been created below the aft pool, which is now on deck 8, while on deck 18 the indoor pool will be extended with an additional deck over and around the pool. The family offering has also been expanded with an even bigger kids’ area and the ultimate state-of-the-art waterpark.
A brand new restaurant will be introduced for Aurea guests, as well as an additional main restaurant. There will be a new location for the specialty restaurants on Deck 8, as the buffet now moves to deck 16. This new position for the specialty restaurants allows for waterfront seating on the iconic waterfront boardwalk, bringing guests ever closer to the sea while they enjoy their lunch or dinner.
MSC Seashore will also feature new cabin designs such as cluster cabins for families and groups. The MSC Yacht Club will offer a new style of suite, featuring a walk-in wardrobe. In addition to this there will be two more luxury suites with whirlpool baths and 28 more of the terraced cabins with their own private area for sunbathing.
MSC Seashore will be fitted with the best and latest available environmental technology to reduce her environmental impact, including: an exhaust gas cleaning system for cleaner emissions; an advanced wastewater treatment system; smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) to recover heat from machinery spaces; and LED lighting and smart devices to significantly save energy. In addition, she will be equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) into harmless nitrogen (N2) and water. This is all part of MSC Cruises’ commitment to provide guests with the best holiday experiences at sea in a sustainable way.
MSC Seashore, as well as the other ship from MSC Cruises’ Seaside-generation, is being built by Italian shipyard FINCANTIERI, one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world. These new ships combine FINCANTIERI’s long history of shipbuilding, expertise and Italian flair for design, with industry-leading innovation and the global vision of MSC Cruises.
When booking MSC Seashore over the initial two-week opening of sales period exclusive to them, MSC Voyagers Club members will receive a special 5% discount in addition to their 5% loyalty discount, as well as benefiting from being able to have the first selection of cabins. Other guests will also enjoy a 5% early booking discount until 11 September 2019.
MSC Seashore will commence her maiden voyage on 13 June 2021 and will be joined a mere 18 months later by a second Seaside EVO ship in late 2022.
For more information and bookings visit www.msccruises.co.za.
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