(11:15 a.m. EDT) -- Debuting as the third MSC Cruises ship to launch in less than 12 months, MSC Seaview was delivered to the line Monday after its completion at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
To date, the 4,132-passenger vessel -- along with its Seaside-class sister vessel, MSC Seaside -- is the largest cruise ship ever to be built in Italy.
"We are increasing capacity at record speeds," said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises. "MSC Seaview is the third ship to come into service in just 12 months. These are very exciting times for us, and we are already merely nine months away of the completion of our next ship, MSC Bellissima -- the first of two Meraviglia class ships that will come into service over a six-month period next year."
Like Seaside, Seaview features 20 decks with a high ratio of outdoor to indoor space, as well as 10 restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, seven new theater productions, five waterslides, dual ziplines and bowling lanes, a Formula-One simulator and 4D cinema.
In terms of accommodations, special adjoining cabins provide space for families or large groups of friends, terraced balcony cabins feature views overlooking the ship's boardwalk area, and aft-facing cabins with a beach condo design afford sweeping views of the ship's wake.
Additionally, the vessel boasts the first at-sea restaurant by Michelin-Starred chef Ramon Freixa, Ocean Cay by Ramon Freixa.
Seaview will be christened in Genoa on June 9 before embarking on its first sailing -- a seven-night Mediterranean cruise -- on June 10. Cruise Critic will be onboard for the festivities, so check back for more coverage.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor