MSC Seashore officially named at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Sophia Loren christens 16th MSC Cruises' vessel and newest flagship

MSC Seashore at Ocean Cay Marine Reserve in the Bahamas | Credit: Conrad Schutt

MSC Cruises officially named its newest flagship, MSC Seashore, last Thursday [18 November 2021] at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. It was the first naming ceremony for a cruise ship to be held at the private island which is owned by the cruise line.

Godmother to a whooping 15 of 18 MSC Cruises ships already, Hollywood starlet Sophia Loren again stepped up to the task, christening her 16th ship at the gala – held both onboard MSC Seashore and on the island.

MSC Seashore’s naming ceremony also served to formally inaugurate Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, which opened in December 2019 but was closed shortly thereafter due to the pandemic.

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A ground-breaking for the MSC Foundation’s Marine Conservation Center, which includes a laboratory and coral nursery areas will also take place on the island. This is a key part of the Foundation’s Super Coral Program, which seeks to help restore coral reefs in The Bahamas to a healthy state through the propagation of hardy Super Coral species and varieties to increase the resilience of the reefs.

MSC Cruises’ newest and most innovative vessel to be deployed out of PortMiami commenced its inaugural 7-night cruise and US season on last weekend.

MSC Seashore is MSC Cruises’ first Seaside EVO ship. This class of ship is an evolution and enhancement of the line’s pioneering Seaside class designed in the style of Miami beachfront condos. 65% of the public areas having been reimagined to elevate and enrich the guest experience, MSC Seashore offers a wealth of brand-new spaces, features and experiences for guests.

MSC Seashore Godmother, Sophia Loren | Credit: Karli Evans
MSC Seashore | credit: Conrad Schutt

The behemoth vessel has the largest and most luxurious MSC Yacht Club in the fleet – the all-inclusive ‘ship within a ship’ premium concept providing guests with a premium all-inclusive cruise experience with private amenities and 24-hour butler service.

MSC Seashore will be MSC Cruises’ third ship based in the US offering a range of cruises from 5 nights to regular 7-night sailings through to longer cruises of up to 16 nights.

Sister-ship MSC Seascape floated out

Meanwhile, MSC Seascape was floated out at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy as sister ship MSC Seashore’s naming ceremony took place at Ocean Cay.

MSC Seashore float out at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy

MSC Seascape is one of three MSC Cruises ships currently under construction, two of which will be delivered in 2022 following the two that already came into service in 2021. MSC Seascape will be delivered in November 2022, the second Seaside EVO class ship to enter the MSC Cruises’ fleet, and the fourth vessel in the line’s highly-innovative Seaside class.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises said: “We have continued with our ambitious newbuild plans, in spite of the pandemic, and today is a double celebration for MSC as our next flagship MSC Seascape is floated out into water simultaneously as her sister ship MSC Seashore is officially named.”

MSC Seascape – together with MSC Seashore – features some of the latest environmental technologies and solutions to minimize her impact on the environment which will help us take a further step forward towards realising our ambition of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”.

The newbuild will feature 2,270 cabins with 12 different types of cabins and suites with balconies, including coveted aft suites, 11 dining venues, 19 bars and lounges with many options for ‘Al Fresco’ dining and drinking
six swimming pools including a stunning aft infinity pool with incredible ocean views.

When launched, the MSC Yacht Club aboard MSC Seascape will be the largest and most luxurious in MSC Cruises’ fleet, with almost 3,000 square-metres of space providing views from the foredecks of the ship.

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