MSC Cruises Reveals Restaurant Details on Seaview
(2 p.m. BST) -- MSC Cruises today announced that award-winning Spanish chef Ramon Freixa will launch his first restaurant at sea onboard MSC Seaview.

Exclusive to the 5,179-passenger ship being christened next month, Ocean Cay by Ramon Freixa is a luxury fish and shellfish restaurant that will showcase fresh, Mediterranean dishes such as scallops with Iberian ham, and king crab and duck confit.

It is the first difference revealed by the line between older sister MSC Seaside, which launched in December last year, and this new ship.

Born into a family of Barcelona restaurateurs, Ramon trained at leading establishments in Spain, Belgium and France before taking over the management of his parents' restaurant in 1998 and gaining a coveted Michelin star in the same year. 

He said: "I am delighted to be extending my partnership with MSC Cruises with the opening of my very first restaurant at sea. We share many common values: striving for excellence, passion and a Mediterranean spirit, making this a very natural partnership. My cuisine is based on three elements: produce, technique and feeling, and continuous search for magic, where each dish is conceived to tell a story through taste, texture and colour.

"I have brought this to life through the dishes for my new luxury fish restaurant, Ocean Cay by Ramon Freixa, and I hope to deliver a sublime onboard dining experience, serving classic Mediterranean cuisine with a truly modern twist. There are so many fantastic dishes on the menu, but I think my personal highlight is the signature roasted sea bass with rosemary salt."

Following on from the successful launch of Asian Market by Roy Yamaguchi on MSC Seaview's sister vessel MSC Seaside, the second of the line's Seaside Class of ships will also feature his Pan-Asian restaurant with a menu inspired by a childhood spent in Hawaii and Japan.

The 160,000-ton MSC Seaview, built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, will be christened in Genoa on 9 June. In keeping with MSC Cruises' tradition, Italian actress Sophia Loren -- godmother of all MSC cruise ships since 2003 -- will perform the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony to name the ship.

The event will be hosted by Swiss-Italian TV presenter and model Michelle Hunziker, and guest performers will include the 50-strong Piccolo Coro Dell'Antoniano children's choir who recorded the song for MSC's adopted humanitarian charity UNICEF.

MSC Seaview will offer Western Mediterranean cruises, homeporting in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona and calling in at Naples, Messina in Sicily and Malta until December, before taking up its permanent home in Brazil.

The line also revealed the name of its new Alexa-like personal digital assistant, "Zoe", which will be launched on next year's ship, MSC Bellissima, in Southampton.

--By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor