MSC Cruises has announced that the second of its Seaside-generation smart ships, set to come into service in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview. She will spend her inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean, home-porting in history- and culture-rich Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona. Sales for ship open today for MSC Voyagers Club members, as an exclusive benefit of the programme that rewards loyal MSC Cruises guests, on July 18 for all other guests.

MSC Seaside Aqua Park  (Photo: MSC)

MSC Seaside Aqua Park (Photo: MSC)

Known as the “ship that follows the sun”, the design of Seaside-generation ships embodies the MSC Cruises’ passion for the sea and features, amongst other, the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest at sea. Inspired by a pioneering beach condo concept, MSC Seaview will bring guests and the sea closer, with special design elements that allow to make the most of the warmer weather. For example, guests will be able to enjoy their time on-board eating, drinking and relaxing outdoors in the Mediterranean sunshine with some of the best sea views in the world. They will also benefit from an increased number of balcony cabins, sea views and public areas, with every element carefully planned to allow guests to make the most of the sea and the sunshine.

A unique design feature of MSC Seaview is the impressive 360° promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship. This stunning public space will act as a lively recreation area where guests can stroll in the open air, eat and drink al fresco from a variety of bars and restaurants or shop in the boutiques, all the while providing spectacular sea views as far as the eye can see.

MSC Seaview is one of MSC Cruises’ new next- generation smart ships, employing the latest and the best technology available at sea to enable guests to customise their on-board and on-shore experience so that they each enjoy a uniquely personalised cruise experience. In partnership with technology leader Samsung, the next-generation technology will include everything from the latest displays and mobile solutions to products for enhanced reality consumer retail experiences. This will include, amongst other:

  • Near Field Communication (NFC), using a cruise card, bracelet or smartphone for a range of different options including geo-location of children, cabin access and on-board payment.
  • Interactive screens to make it simplest to select excursions as well as booking shows and restaurants.
  • iBeacon technology that is customised to each guests’ specific preferences so that they will never miss their favourite experiences, will communicate with mobile devices and send push notifications about relevant information and offers, customised to each guest’s preference.

As with all MSC Cruises holidays, guests can expect a cruise on-board MSC Seaview to be distinguished by modern and comfortable accommodations, always fresh and authentic food, award-winning entertainment, plenty of relaxation as well as, at the other end, a full program of activities specially designed for families and their children across all age groups, impeccable service as well as some of the best, most varied on shore excursions programs in the industry.

MSC Seaview will commence her maiden voyage from Genova, Italy on June 10, 2018.