MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Seashore, has left Spain and is on its way to the US for its official debut. The cruise line has announced the ship will be officially named at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas on November 18th. The event will become the first cruise ship naming ceremony held on a private island.
MSC Seashore to be Officially Named in Private Island Ceremony
Once MSC Seashore arrives at its new homeport of PortMiami, the ship will sail on a two-night cruise to the cruise line’s private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, where she will be christened. The ceremony will be attended by the ship’s godmother Sophia Loren, who will perform the important role of officially naming the ship. Festivities will take place both on land and on board the ship, remaining docked through the night.
Also in attendance are travel advisors, the media, and key company stakeholders in celebration of the cruise line’s first Seaside EVO-class vessel.
The Seaside EVO-class is a larger evolution of the preceding Seaside-class, focusing on outdoor spaces and bringing passengers closer to the sea. Originally scheduled to debut in 2021, the maiden voyage was pushed back to 2022 following pandemic-related delays and a pause in cruise ship sailing.
About MSC Seashore
Built by Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Seashore is the largest ship ever built in Italy, at 169,400 gross tons. The vessel contains 10,000 square meters of additional deck space, giving it the highest ratio of outdoor space per passenger of any MSC ship upon its debut.
As part of MSC Cruises’ environmental initiatives, the ship features a selective catalytic reduction to control the ship’s emissions and anti-fouling paint to reduce sailing resistance. It is also the first new ship to feature advanced air sanitation technology, which MSC claims lessen the risk of catching viruses.