MSC Seascape marks the second and final vessel in the cruise line's Seaside EVO Class and will launch in December 2022. Exact differences between MSC Seashore and MSC Seascape have yet to be revealed, though MSC Seascape is expected to carry 5,877 passengers, nearly 250 more than MSC Seashore
For the most part, MSC Seascape mirrors sister ship MSC Seashore, which debuted in July 2021 and began service from PortMiami to the Caribbean and Bahamas in Fall 2021. What's different, though, is that after an inaugural winter season in Miami, with itineraries to the Caribbean and MSC's private Bahamian island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Seascape will move to New York's Brooklyn Terminal year-round.
On MSC Seascape, passengers can expect a reimagined Seaside experience that focuses heavily on outdoor space, sharing MSC Seashore-reimagined features such as six pools (including the popular wake-view infinity pool at the back of the ship), a variety of outdoor dining options and a 72-foot-high glass-bottomed walkway dubbed The Bridge of Sighs.
The ship is designed with an environmentally friendly edge, carrying features that debuted on MSC Seashore such as a wastewater management system, an underwater radiation noise management system to reduce disturbance to local marine life and energy efficient touches like LED lighting and heat recovery systems.
MSC Seascape will also be outfitted with MSC's Safe Air system, which uses UV-C lights to sanitize the ship's air as it moves through the air conditioning system, getting rid of 99% of germs, mold, viruses and other pollutants.
All-in-all there will be 2,270 cabins in 12 different categories, including connecting family cabins, suites, balcony cabins and ADA accessible cabins with thoughtful touches like automated ramps out to the balcony and closets with pull-down bars.
MSC Seascape will also sport an expanded private Yacht Club area, clocking in at over 32,000 square feet and spanning four decks. Passengers in this area will be privy to the ship's best views from aft-facing balconies, a private pool and sundeck area on Deck 20, exclusive restaurant and upscale lounge bar.
MSC Seascape plans to have 11 restaurants onboard. For the first time, passengers booked in Aurea suites will have their own dedicated restaurant. An additional main dining room is also being planned. Guests in the Yacht Club will continue to have their own private dining room.
Specialty restaurants mimic those found on MSC Seashore, including Butcher's Cut steak restaurant, the upscale Ocean Cay seafood restaurant, Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi bar and Hola Tacos and Cantina. Several of the specialty restaurants on Deck 8 will have outdoor seating.
In a first at sea, MSC Seascape will debut the Robotron, a robotic arm thrill ride that propels a three-person passenger gondola over the side of the deck, flipping them upside down and moving in all directions. Robotron riders will be able to select their desired thrill level, from “family friendly” to “high intensity.” Riders can also set the mood with colored lights and music preferences.
A video screen will be behind the Robotron so spectators can watch. Expect light and music too.
Robotron will not be the only new experience on MSC Seaside. Two virtual reality offerings will debut on the ship, a VR 360 Flight Simulator and VR Motorcycles. Returning virtual reality experiences,the MSC Formula Racer and the Immersive XD Cinema, will also be onboard.
MSC Seascape will make its debut sailing on a 17-day Grand Voyage delivery trip across the Atlantic, leaving from Rome on November 19 and stopping in Spain, Portugal and Bermuda before arriving in New York City on December 5. The ship will have its official naming ceremony in New York on December 7 and then sail to its homeport, Miami.
MSC Seascape will be christened in New York on December 7, in a ceremony with godmother Sophia Loren (who is the godmother to 18 MSC Cruises ships total). The first voyage from Miami will be on December 12, 2022.
The specific inaugural season itineraries for MSC Seascape are Eastern Caribbean, calling at the line's Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and Nassau; San Juan; and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Western Caribbean cruises will visit Ocean Cay, Cozumel, George Town, Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the line said.
MSC Seascape will be 169,000 gross tons and is being created in Italian-builder Fincantieri's shipyard in December 2022. The ship will have 5,877 passengers and 1,648 crew.
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