Keel laid for MSC Seascape. New ship to feature RoboCoaster experience

MSC Cruises and shipbuilder Fincantieri have celebrated the traditional coin ceremony for the cruise line’s second Seaside EVO ship.

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have celebrated the start of construction for the second Seaside EVO class ship. During a ceremony at the Monfalcone shipyard the keel was laid and traditional coins placed. During the traditional coin ceremony the cruise line revealed the ship will be named MSC Seascape.

The name MSC Seascape pays homage to the beauty of the ocean and demonstrates the ways in which guests will be able to enjoy the stunning sea views from the ship thanks to the innovative design features.

Long-standing employees Monica Somma, of MSC Cruises, and Jolette Vincenzi, of Fincantieri, performed the traditional maritime ritual as godmothers when they placed two coins within the ship’s keel as a historical sign of blessing and good fortune for the construction of the ship and her future life at sea.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises said: “The coins we lay today to mark a key construction milestone of one of our ships are an important symbol of our confidence in the cruise
industry and the future of travel and tourism. Furthermore, MSC Seascape represents our continued vision to achieve net zero-impact cruise operations. As every new vessel that we build, we are equipping MSC Seascape with some of the latest environmental technologies and solutions, including cutting edge emissions reduction and wastewater treatment systems. She will also break new ground in terms of guest entertainment and will be our first vessel to feature the dynamic and exciting RoboCoaster experience.”

State-of-the-art environmental technology:

MSC Seascape’s environmental credentials include selective catalytic reduction systems on each of the vessel’s four Wartsila 14V 46F engines to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent by converting the gas into harmless nitrogen and water and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems to removes 98 per cent of sulphur oxide from ship emissions. The vessel will have advanced wastewater treatment systems with purification standards that are higher than most wastewater treatment facilities on land, advanced waste management systems, ballast water treatment systems approved by the United States Coast Guard, the latest-technology systems for the prevention of oil discharges from machinery spaces and various effective energy-efficiency improvements – from heat recovery systems to LED lighting. The ship will also feature an underwater radiated noise management system to reduce the potential effects on marine mammals.

Designed to connect guests with the sea

MSC Seascape, like her sister ship MSC Seashore, is further evolution of the already ground-breaking Seaside class. The Seaside EVO ships are enhanced and extended with a variety of brand-new features, spaces and experiences for guests. The ships are designed to connect guests with the sea through the ship’s innovative design features including 13,000m2 of outdoor space.

As with her sister ship, 65 per cent of MSC Seascape’s public spaces have been re-imagined, enhancing the guest experience and offering guests different venues and locations to connect with the sea:

  • 2,270 cabins with 12 different types of cabins and suites with balconies including coveted aft suites
  • 11 dining venues, 19 bars and lounges with plenty of options for dining and drinking al fresco
  • Six swimming pools including a stunning aft infinity pool with incredible ocean views
  • The MSC Yacht Club will be the largest and most luxurious in MSC Cruises’ fleet, with almost 3,000 sqm of space with sweeping ocean views from the foredecks of the ship
  • An expansive 540-metre-long waterfront promenade close to the water
  • A spectacular glass-floored Bridge of Sighs at deck 16 with a unique vantage point of the ocean

The 169,400 GT MSC Seascape will be able to accommodate 5,877 guests. The ship is scheduled to enter service in November 2022.

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