MSC Seaview Review

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MSC Seaview Overview

MSC Seaview is the second of the line's Seaside Class of ships and will launch in June 2018.

The 160,000-ton, 5,179-passenger ship will offer Western Mediterranean cruises, homeporting in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona and calling in at Naples, Messina in Sicily and Malta.

MSC Seaview will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard and will have 463,000 square feet of public space, including panoramic elevators with sea views, suspended glass floors, a giant aqua park and an outdoor promenade with shops, bars and alfresco dining.

Seaview -- along with its sister -- will have the largest ratio of outdoor space of any cruise ship at sea.

Like its sister ship (which will be based in Miami year-round), MSC Seaview's design will be based on a Miami beach condo style aesthetic, with many of the ships restaurants and bars outside-facing.

This will be realized by a 360° promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship, allowing passengers to eat and drink al fresco from a variety of bars and restaurants or shop in the boutiques -- all outside.

Here's what we know so far:

Cabins

Seaview will have 14 aft corner suites; terraced balcony cabins, which will have sea views and overlook the promenade below; cluster cabins designed for families; and suites with outdoor tubs.

Dining

Seaview will have nine restaurants onboard featuring a variety of cuisine, including a Pan-Asian restaurant, a seafood restaurant with a chef's table and a steakhouse. There will also be 20 different bars.

Activities

Outside spa and fitness facilities will be available, including spots for open-air spa treatments.

The aqua park will have five waterslides, including an interactive Slideboarding tube, which combines video games, lights, music and a 367-foot water slide; two high-speed racing slides with clear loops that extend over one side of the ship; the Aquatube, an innertube slide; and a family flume-type slide. Other waterpark features include an AquaPlay and AquaSpray park for kids.

Passengers can also climb high on the Adventure Trail, a ropes course that will have cruisers ducking spray cannons.

The ship will also have the joint-longest (426-foot/130-meter) zipline at sea, along with its sister.

Technology

Technology-wise, MSC Cruises is billing the Seaside class of ships as "next-generation smart ships" and they will employ the latest and snazziest technology afloat. The line has formed a partnership with Samsung, and the tech will include everything from the latest displays and mobile solutions, to virtual reality. Specifically, this will include:

  • Near Field Communication (NFC), using a cruise card, bracelet or smartphone for a range of different options including geo-location of children, cabin access and onboard payment.
  • Interactive screens to make it simple to select excursions as well as booking shows and restaurants.
  • iBeacon technology that is customized to each passengers' specific preferences so that they will never miss their favorite experiences, can communicate with mobile devices and send push notifications about relevant information and offers.
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