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MSC Cruises announces construction of two 'new generation' of cruise ships

MSC Cruises announces construction of two 'new generation' of cruise shipscti
MSC Cruises announces construction of two 'new generation' of cruise shipscti
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A new generation of cruise ships will soon be sailing the ocean deep. MSC Cruises announced on Thursday, May 22, that it has signed a contract with Fincantieri for two new ships to join the MSC fleet of 12.

The contract also carries an option for one more ship. The new prototype will be named Seaside and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri.

"From the moment we started talking with Fincantieri, we had in mind to design and build two completely new ships, revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today," said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises.

Costing 700 million euros each, the two ships are scheduled to be delivered to MSC Cruises on November 2017 and May 2018.

"Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility,” Vago said in a news release. “Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”

Seaside will usher in a new generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view.

The Seaside prototype presents unique features such as a sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. Seaside also will feature a spacious theatre, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.

In addition, Seaside will have numerous technological innovations that will, among other things, further reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent and advanced safety systems that go beyond what is required by international regulation.

"This is a special day for us,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “Today is the start of an ambitious and new adventure with our friends from MSC, a group that prides itself on its quality and Mediterranean style."

The ships will be built to sail to the most popular warm weather destinations in the Mediterranean, South America and Caribbean

"Today, MSC Cruises adds the last piece to its new industrial plan that will allow us to double the capacity of our fleet by 2022,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “With the arrival of the new ships we will reach a capacity of about 80,000 passengers a day.”

With a length of 1060 feet, a width of 135 feet and a height of 230 feet, the new ships will have a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons and will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members. The ships will boast 2,070 guest cabins, 759 for crew members, and 468,230 square feet of public areas available. Innovative in design and versatility, the new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world.

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