May 8, 2018
(8:15 p.m. BST) -- MSC Cruises has delayed the christening of its newest vessel, MSC Seaview, resulting in the cancellation of the ship's preview sailing.
The line will take delivery of MSC Seaview on June 4, which will push back the inaugural festivities -- including the christening -- and cause the ship's June 7-10 preview sailing to be cancelled.
The christening ceremony will now take place June 9 in Genoa, Italy, instead of Rome as originally planned.
"This additional time is necessary to fully ready MSC Seaview and -- most importantly -- to ensure she is fit to provide the holiday experience guests have come to expect from MSC Cruises," MSC said in a statement.
The 5,179-passenger sister ship to MSC Seaside, Seaview will feature a large ratio of outdoor to indoor space. It will also include panoramic elevators with sea views, suspended glass floors, a giant aqua park with five waterslides, a ropes course, dual ziplines and an outdoor promenade with shops, bars and alfresco dining.
The ship's first official sailing will now be the June 10 voyage, which will depart from Genoa as scheduled. It will spend its time sailing Western Mediterranean cruises from Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor