MSC Cruises to name ship in New York for the first time

MSC Seaside to be christened at Manhattan Cruise Terminal

MSC Cruises has confirmed plans to hold the Naming Ceremony for its newest flagship, MSC Seascape, in New York City on 7 December 2022.

The cruise line said its “star-studded event”, to be held at Manhattan Cruise Terminal, will bring MSC Cruises’ “distinctive European style and glamour to the Big Apple and be attended by local dignitaries, important partners, top travel advisors, media from around the world, celebrities and international artists.”

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Academy Award-winning star Sophia Loren will continue her iconic role as godmother to MSC Seascape, her 18th MSC Cruises’ ship.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “We are particularly pleased to celebrate this momentous milestone in New York City, which holds a special place in our Group’s history, having been served by ships from the MSC Group’s cargo division since 1985. Today, as MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company leads the container shipping sector globally as well as across North America, MSC Cruises has grown to become a major player in the US cruise industry.

“Having developed a meaningful operation out of South Florida, we are now preparing a major strategic expansion across the East Coast that will see us launch year-round cruises out of New York in 2023. We could not think of a better way of celebrating such a significant milestone than holding MSC Seascape’s – our latest flagship – naming ceremony in this wonderful city that has been an important hub for MSC Group for over three decades.”

Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge | Credit: Pixabay

MSC Seascape will be the cruise line’s first ship to be named in New York, reflecting the cruise line’s commitment to the North American cruise market and its upcoming expansion to New York and the Northeast with year-round cruises available from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal beginning in April of 2023.

The vessel will offer 2,270 cabins comprised of 12 different kinds of suites and staterooms with balconies, 11 dining venues plus 19 bars and lounges. MSC Seascape will also have the largest and most luxurious MSC Yacht Club in MSC Cruises’ fleet, with nearly 3,000 square metres of space featuring sweeping ocean views from the front of the ship

MSC Cruises is the world’s fastest-growing cruise line and the third largest cruise brand in the world. With a global footprint, the line is continuing to expand and grow with two new ships coming into service in 2022 – MSC World Europa and MSC Seascape – and MSC Euribia in the summer of 2023.

While in New York, specially invited guests from around the world will enjoy a Naming Ceremony that includes live entertainment and performances, along with a gala dinner and an opportunity to discover MSC Seascape’s onboard venues and experiences.

MSC Seascape will sail to Miami immediately following the ceremony for an inaugural season in the Caribbean. The ship will be the second Seaside EVO class ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet, and the fourth vessel in the line’s innovative Seaside class, which has been redefining guests’ expectations for Caribbean cruising since MSC Seaside first launched in Miami in 2017.

MSC Seascape will offer two East and West Caribbean 7-night itineraries from PortMiami.

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